Arts & Culture

Tulloch in seventh heaven

Theatre practitioner David Tulloch took home seven trophies for three productions at the Actor Boy Awards held at the Phoenix Theatre in New Kingston on Monday evening. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

David Tulloch’s Not My Child was the big winner at Monday’s Actor Boy Awards held at the Phoenix Theatre in St Andrew. The powerful drama went home with five of the coveted trophies from its six nominations. Tulloch and his team secured wins for Best Drama, Best Tragedy, and Best New J ... Read More

Desmond Dennis as Ranny olo in the University Players’ Garvey.. Desmond Dennis’s double
ACTOR Desmond Dennis admits he does not take disappointment very well. So going into tonight’s ... Read More

Michelle Serieux and lead actress Shantol Jackson watch playback for a scene. (Photo: Jeff crossley) One to watch: Shantol Jackson
“When you go on a stage never act, become.” This advice from local stage and screen le ... Read More

The burning bush scene from the production Moses by Father Ho Lung and Friends, which goes into this year’s ceremony with the most Actor Boy Award nominations. Tea meeting theme for Actor Boy Awards
Jamaican theatre will be on show on Monday when when the Actor Boy Awards will be handed out during ... Read More

Samuels makes his case

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment | Wednesday, March 22, 2017    

Lucy Gordon (played by Hilary Nicholson), wife of George William Gordon, being cross-examined by Prosecutor Gorrie (Brian Johnson) in a scene from the play Trial of Governor Eyre. Behind them is the judge (Mackeda Salmon). (Photo: Michael Gordon)

COURTROOM drama is nothing new for veteran attorney Bert Samuels. But, bringing that intensity to the stage with a twist of Jamaican history was a whole different arena. Samuels appears poised to reap dividends as his debut work, Trial of Governor Eyre, is nominated for Best Drama at Monday’s Actor Boy Awards. Three actors in the play, Brian Johnson (who portrays Prosecutor Gorrie); Shawna-Kae Burns (Paul Bogle’s mother, Cecilia); and Hilary Nicholson (George William Gordon’s ... Read More

Country Wedding serves a dose of culture

By Richard Johnson Observer senior writer | Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Shantol Jackson (left) as Annabelle shares a moment on stage with Deon Silvera, who plays Mable, in Country Wedding. (Photo: Aston Cooke)

Jamaica’s rich cultural history has long been fodder for creative forms of expression. However, in recent times the practices of old have made way for the modern. It is therefore refreshing when something from the past turns up on local stages. Such is Dahlia Harris’s latest theatrical production Country Wedding. The piece is set in 1954, in the rural district of Grateful Valley. Like all such communities, Grateful Valley has its fair share of characters, and Harris is able to cap ... Read More

Bodies in motion

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Sunday, March 12, 2017    

Desmond Richardson dedicated his performance of Imprint/Maya to his late mother, Yvonne who died two weeks ago. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Watching a performance by New York-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet highlights the infinite capacity of the body to create shapes, lines and tell stories through dance. Over its 23-year history, founders Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden have worked to create a unique style, vocabulary and ultimately a language with which to tell their stories. This was in vivid form at the Little Theatre in St Andrew last Wednesday — the first of their two performances in Jamaica organised by the ... Read More

My Dream

By Sade Gardner Observer writer | Sunday, March 12, 2017    

From left: Sabrena Thomas, Ackeem Poyser and Carline Brown in a scene from David Tulloch’s 3Some.(Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

As a student at Manning’s School in Westmoreland, Ackeem Poyser always imagined walking the red carpet and winning awards. Now at 24, he hopes to make this dream a reality through his first Actor Boy Awards nomination — Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Bad Breed. “I didn’t hear about the nomination until I got to the ceremony. When I heard my name in the category I was so happy. I also felt a sense of relief because I’m being recognised for the work I’ve ... Read More

Shades of Dance

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, March 08, 2017    

Members of Complexions Contemporary Ballet share a moment during a welcome reception in their honour held at the official residence of the United States ambassador to Jamaica in St Andrew. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

AN experience. That is what Desmond Richardson and his dance company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, are promising audiences attending their performances at Little Theatre in Kingston today and tomorrow. The 23-year-old company are here courtesy of Plié For The Arts, a Jamaican organisation dedicated to bringing international talent to local stages. This is Complexions’ first trip to Jamaica. “We are super excited to be here in Kingston, Jamaica. Our audience can exp ... Read More

Women to take centre stage

By Sade Gardner Observer writer | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Dahlia Harris.

PLAYWRIGHT Dahlia Harris is seeking to create opportunities for women who may want enter theatre through the inaugural staging of Jamaica Women in Theatre Festival scheduled for The Blue Room on 8 Haining Road in St Andrew from March 13 - 19. According to Harris, the festival — slated to start at 6:00 pm daily — will feature a series of sessions about the industry while showcasing work by women in theatre. There is no cost to attend. “We’re dealing with stage craft, lig ... Read More

History created at Jamaica Biennial

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Colonial Legacies by Greg Bailey..

Mixed-media artiste Jasmine Thomas-Girvan created history last Sunday when, for a second time, she copped the Aaron Matalon Award — one of two main prizes at the Jamaica Biennial 2017 now underway at the National Gallery in downtown Kingston. Thomas-Girvan, who first won the award in 2012, was recognised for her two installations at Devon House — Parallel Realities: Dwelling in the Heartland of My People, which is mounted in the dining room, and The Real Princess, which can be see ... Read More

Actors on high

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Thursday, March 02, 2017    

Actor Boy Award nominees share lens time following Monday’s announcement at Phoenix Theatre in New Kingston. From left are: Michael Nicholson (Actor in a Lead Role – Bad Breed); Rosemary Murray (Actress in a Lead Role – Tek Yuh Han Off a Mi and Actress in a Supporting Role – Not My Child); Jean-Paul Menou (Actor in a Supporting Role – Catherine Mulgrave); Ackeem Poyser (Actor in a Supporting Role – Bad Breed); and producers Mary Banks (Amazing Grace) and Danielle Stiebel (Pan). (Photo: Karl McLarty)

MONDAY’s announcement of this year’s Actor Boy Awards nominees was met with jubilation on the part of those vying for the coveted statuettes which will be handed out at a ceremony at the Phoenix Theatre in New Kingston on World Theatre Day, Monday, March 27. Organised by the International Theatre Institute Jamaica Chapter, the Actor Boy Awards recognises excellence in local theatre. For newcomer Ackeem Poyser, nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in Bad Breed ... Read More

Moses gets 10 nods

Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

The burning bush scene from the production Moses by Father Ho Lung and Friends, which goes into this year’s ceremony with the most Actor Boy Award nominations.

Musical Moses from Father Ho Lung and Friends leads the pack of nominees for this year’s Actor Boy Awards with 10 nominations. The nominees for awards, which recognises excellence in local theatre, was announced last night during a ceremony at the Phoenix Theatre in New Kingston. Moses has copped nominations for Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Set Design, Best Special Effects, Best Musical, Best Choreographer (Paula Shaw), Best Actor in a Lead Role (Stephen Rhae Johnson), ... Read More

Dance takes the spotlight

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

L’Acadco soloist N’Gelle Gage in Satta (Lionel Rookwood)

Jamaica Dance Umbrella (JDU), described as the largest dance festival in the English-speaking Caribbean, is set to unfold on the stage of the Philip Sherlock Centre For the Creative Arts at The University of the West Indies, Mona, from March 1-5. Michael Holgate, the founding director of JDU, notes that after nine years the event is living up to its mandate of building a platform for the local dance community to share and showcase its growth and development. “Dance Umbrella really provi ... Read More



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