You are here

Jamaican theatre

Heist Steals the Spotlight

Heist by Maya Wilkinson is a bright, funny new Jamaican play

Heist came to life on the stage of the Tallawah Drama Festival in 2014 when it copped awards for Best Production, Best New Play, and Best Set declaring its writer and director Maya Wilkinson an interesting talent to watch.

Stepping Off the Stage: Female Producers on the Rise

Scarlette Beharie Producer of Woman Tongue on the rising of female producers

Women have always played important and diverse roles in Jamaican theatre from the days of writer and producer Una Marson in the 1920s and ‘30s  through to Greta Fowler co-founder of the Little Theatre Movement and on to director and co-founder of the Barn Theatre Yvonne Brewster.

The Bacchae Trips on Its Good Intentions

Marvin George's adaptation of The Bacchae

In the School of Drama’s current interpretation of Euripedes’ The Bacchae, director Marvin George attempts to translate the greek tragedy to issues of relevance to the contemporary Caribbean. It is an attempt born of great intentions, both creative and cultural.

The Musical 1865 Is ABA Best Production of 2015

Franklin Halliburton's 1865 earned the top award for ABA for 2015

Franklin Halliburton’s musical, 1865 produced and performed by the University Singers, successful staged its coup and come out as the best production of 2015, at the end of Monday night’s Actor Boy Awards.

Historical Opera 1865 Racks Up 15 Actor Boy Nominations

UWI Singer's 1865 leads the pack with 15 Actor Boy nominations

Come April 4, when the curtains open on the 2015 Actor Boy Awards, the air will be full of anticipation, as some 20 productions contend for coveted prizes in 21 categories.

Seven Shades of Woman Boasts a Deep Pool of Talent

Veronique Smith and Julene Robinson in Brian Johnson's Bullying

Seven Shades of Woman at the Philip Sherlock Centre in Kingston presented a deep pool of acting talent.

Seven Women and a Scholarship - Actress Julene Robinson's Bid to Attend Rose Bruford

Julene Robinson in 'Me And My White Boy' an excerpt from The Black That I Am

With few scholarship opportunities on hand in Jamaica, the road toward higher education in the arts can be a narrow one. Time and again young artists find the best way to pave the way is through their talent and those of friends and colleagues.

Samson and Di Liar: A Humourous Take on Homelessness

Tony 'Paleface' Hendriks and Ricky Rowe in the comedy Samson and Di Liar

The homeless who ‘litter’ the streets of Kingston are often seen as little more than society’s flotsam cluttering our gullies and sidewalks. They are obstacles to be avoided and certainly not smelt.

From Jamaica to London and Back Again: Tony Hendriks and Ricky Rowe Bring Home Samson and Di Liar

Tony Hendriks and Ricky Rowe in the comedy Samson and Di Liar

Relative new comer, at least to being a commercial theatre producer, Scarlette Beharie is bringing home the comedy Samson and Di Liar, starring Tony Hendriks and Ricky Rowe. The play will be a welcome addition to an unusually quiet summer.

Chris McFarlane on the Art and Craft of Acting

Christopher McFarlane and Maylynne Lowe in Basil Dawkins' Toy Boy

Prolific is one word that comes to mind when describing Christopher McFarlane, veteran actor of stage and screen.

Pages