Arts & Culture

Wolmer’s Dance Troupe mark milestone

Members of the
Wolmer’s Dance Troupe
go through their paces.

AFTER 24 years of successful productions, nothing less than excellent would do when the Wolmer's Dance Troupe hosted their 25th season at the Little Theatre in St Andrew recently. It wasn't as spectacular from the get-go, at least on the Saturday when the Jamaica Observer attended. This was due to ... Read More

Members of the
Wolmer’s Dance
Troupe going
through their
paces. (PHOTO:
OBSERVER FILE) Wolmer’s Dance Troupe celebrates silver anniversary
WOLMER'S Dance Troupe is currently in the middle of their three-performance season at the Little The ... Read More

Bajan songstress Patricia
Tricia Gaye Smith took the
Spoken Word section.
Top female model
Nicola Cooper Barbados dominates ENCORE final
BARBADOS stole the spotlight in the ENCORE (Entertainment Now Creates Opportunities Rewarding Excell ... Read More

Author Anthony Winkler
wearing his Musgrave Medal
at an awards ceremony held at
the Institute of Jamaica in
downtown Kingston last year.
(PHOTO: OBSERVER FILE) Tributes pour in for Anthony Winkler
JAMAICA'S literary scene has lost one of its luminaries with the passing of author Anthony Winkler o ... Read More

Campion is champion!

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Monday, September 21, 2015    

Lead actor for Campion College Demitri Grant leaps holding the winning trophy aloft after copping the inaugural
Shakespeare Schools’ Championship at the Little Theatre in St Andrew on Saturday.

CAMPION College walked away winners of the inaugural Shakespeare Schools' Championship held at the Little Theatre in St Andrew on Saturday evening. The Corporate Area school, with its interpretation of Macbeth, beat the combined cast from St Hugh's High and Kingston College, which performed The Merchant of Venice. An elated director, Damion Radcliffe, told the Jamaica Observer that he was both humbled and excited by the victory, which will see his cast jetting off to London in March of next ye ... Read More

Shakespeare finals today

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior report | Saturday, September 19, 2015    

Drama students of Waterford High School in Portmore, St
Catherine perform an excerpt of their Jamaican adaptation of
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at their school
assembly. Waterford is one of seven finalists in the JN
Shakespeare Schools’ Championship.

"IT is not a patois festival." That's the word from Dr Tony Sewell, creator of the Jamaica Shakespeare Championship, the finals of which are set for the Little Theatre in St Andrew today. Sewell explained that the schools in the finals will showcase a 30-minute adaptation of Shakespeare's work set in a Jamaican context, while staying faithful to the original language. "It is up to the teachers and mentors of the schools to set the play in Jamaica while keeping the Shakespearean language. They ... Read More

Nanny... spirit dancer

Friday, September 18, 2015    


IN Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid and Jesse Royal, the much-touted 'roots-reggae revival' has its share of firebrands. Creative dancer Nanny articulates a more sensuous approach. The 24-year-old has impressed audiences at events such as the Reggae Month show in February at the Marley Museum, and Ethiopian New Year's Day last Friday at Twelve Tribes of Israel headquarters, both in St Andrew. Nanny calls her movements spirit dance, 'a mixture of ballet, modern contemporary and African'. She has appear ... Read More

Taking Theatre to MoBay

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, September 13, 2015    

WHEN multi-Actor Boy Award-winning actress Nadean Rawlins relocated to the Second City in May of last year, she was determined not to fall to the common statement that 'nothing happens in MoBay'. She just knew she had to make that difference. On arriving in Montego Bay, noted actor and stage director Douglas Prout greeted her with the challenge to revive the Fairfield Theatre, which was dormant for the past two years, as he was relocating to Canada. "Moving to Montego Bay was the right place ... Read More

Strong comedic drama in Samson & Di Liar

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, September 13, 2015    

Scenes from the play Samson and Di Liar.

IN an increasingly polarised world — rich/poor, white/black, uptown/downtown, the have and have-nots -- there is always that sobering concept that we are more alike than different. That sameness lies at the heart of the comedy Samson & Di Liar, now playing at the Little Little Theatre in St Andrew. The play, produced by Scarlette Beharie, brings together the incredible theatrical talents of Tony 'Paleface' Hendricks and Ricky Rowe, in two hours of absorbing drama with comedic moments ... Read More

Shakespeare Finals Set for Sept 19

Sunday, September 13, 2015    

The three witches, portrayed
as dancehall queens, in this
Jamaican adaptation of the
Shakespeare play Macbeth by
Campion College, foretell
Macbeth’s fate. Campion is
one of the seven finalists in
the JN Shakespeare Schools‚
Championship. The finals will
be held at The Little Theatre in
St Andrew, on September 19.

SEVEN schools are preparing to woo judges with their Jamaican adaptations of Shakespearean plays in the upcoming grand finale of the JN Shakespeare Schools Championship at The Little Theatre in St Andrew, on September 19. Waterford High, Campion College, Ardenne High, the American International School of Kingston (AISK), the Wolmers' Trust, Glenmuir High, and a combined Kingston College and St Hugh's cast, are the contending schools, following the July elimination, which showcased the productio ... Read More

Grange hails Rodriquez

Tuesday, September 08, 2015    

GRANGE... happy that he has
left behind a huge legacy.

OPPOSITION spokesperson on information, culture, entertainment and sports, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has expressed regret at the passing of pioneer trombonist Rico Rodriquez. She said that, despite the fact that Rodriquez had spent most of his adult life in England, he had left an indelible stamp on early Jamaican music. The Opposition spokeswoman said that Rodriquez's passing is another loss to Jamaican music, but suggested that he has left enough of his works behind to inspire young Jamaicans w ... Read More



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