Remount of a classic
A special staging of the 1974 play Stanley, Fay, Pularchie and P, last Thursday at the Theatre Place in St Andrew, provided non-stop laughter.
Based on the 1938 labour unrest, the evening's performance was dedicated to the National Workers Union (NWU) which is celebrating its 60th anniversary.
The play was written by Gloria Lannaman, who was known for her sense of history and her passion for the preservation of Jamaican culture.
Lannaman also highlighted behavioural patterns in man/woman relationships circa 1938, a period many historians regard as pivotal to the birth of modern Jamaica.
It is third remount of the play, the second being in 1976 during CARIFESTA.
The latest production began over one month ago under the patronage of former Prime Minister PJ Patterson. It closes on August 19.
"Although I believe it (the play) could have gone a little further in terms of what happened at the time with characters such as Norman Manley, (Alexander) Bustamante, Aggie Bernard etc, a play is still a play and overall it was a good attempt," said Vincent Morrison, president and island supervisor of the NWU.
He commended organiser, Pauline Stone-Myrie, who acted in the two previous productions directed by Norman Rae.
Pablo Hoilett directed the latest production, which also involves noted musician/theatre personality, Marjorie Whylie.
"In the first two stagings I played Fay. Buddy Pouyatt, Ossie Seymour, Robert Dunkley, were also in the first cast," Stone-Myrie explained. "Marguerite Newland, who is playing Miss Pularchie in this cast, played Pearlie in the first cast. So she is the link between the first two casts."
She added that Lannaman's classic yielded two major productions — a Pantomime (Dikance fi Flippance). and radio show (Time to Remember).
"Gloria (Lannaman) was also a woman who believed in Caribbean Theatre. She believed in bringing the Caribbean image to the stage...And she was also a historian," Stone-Myrie said. "She believed that the period of 1938 was one of the most significant periods of our history."
In addition to Newland, other cast members are Donald "Iceman" Anderson (Joey), Dennis Titus (Stanley), Sherando Ferril (Fay), Carl Davis (Silas), Marsha-Ann Hay (Doris), Suzette Barrett (Pearlie) and Maurice Bryan (Nathen).