Arts & Culture

Roache goes back to basics

Dorothy Cunningham

THE play, Mama Take Me Back to Church, debuts at the YMCA in Kingston, on Ash Wednesday. Playwright Andrew Roache said the production was borne out of a need for clean family entertainment. “Having worked in the theatre world for almost three decades, persons always wanted a production with ... Read More

Master artist Barrington Watson Barry Watson Lauded
MASTER artist Barrington Watson passed away at his Kingston residence on Tuesday night. He was 85. ... Read More

The NDTC Singers in performance NDTC to showcase its music
THE name National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) usually conjours images of the troupe. But those in t ... Read More

Playwright Luke Ellington Ellington examines Bad Influence
PLAYWRIGHT Luke Ellington is upbeat about his Bad Influence which opens at the Crown Playhouse in Ki ... Read More

Taking ‘Ruth’ in theatre

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Sunday, January 17, 2016    

Ruth Ho Shing and Oliver Samuels in a scene from the play Guilt Trip.

LOUNGED in a sofa at her St Andrew home, Ruth Ho Shing is nothing like the combative wife she portrays in the hit play Guilt Trip. Ho Shing, one of Jamaican theatre’s stalwarts, plays Irene, who is in a troubled marriage with Steadman, played by Oliver Samuels. Since opening on December 27, the Basil Dawkins-produced Guilt Trip has played to packed houses. This does not surprise the 63-year-old Ho Shing. “It tugs at the heartstring with a dose of comedy, because I don’t thin ... Read More

Bacchanal’s blooming

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January 08, 2016    

MICHAEL Ammar Jr, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica, says the soca carnival has seen steady growth over the last decade. “We have seen an increase in the numbers we take at the gate, and the number of costumes sold. There’s a whole new cadre of people supporting carnival... the young and middle-aged crowd. Not only just those who go to Trinidad,” Ammar told Splash. “Carnival in Jamaica is 27 years old and we are seeing a lot of people in their 20s coming to the events.&r ... Read More

2015 Entertainment REWIND: James makes history books

Friday, January 01, 2016    

Marlon James

Marlon James made it into the history books on October 13, becoming the first Jamaican author to win Britain’s Man Booker Prize for fiction for his book, A Brief History of Seven Killings. The book is based on the 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley. Michael Wood, chairman of the judging panel, said A Brief History of Seven Killings was “the most exciting book on the list” and full of the “sheer pleasures” of language. “One of the pleasures of reading ... Read More

Pantomine marks milestone

Sunday, December 13, 2015    

Jamaicans are being encouraged to see the value of the National Pantomime, which is celebrating it’s 75th anniversary. The charge has come from historian and author Dr Hazel Bennett and theatre practitioner Dr Brian Heap, who were both speaking at the launch of this year’s pantomime Runeesha and the Birds, held at the Little Little Theatre in St Andrew last Wednesday. In offering a history of the pantomime, Bennett said credit had to be given to the late Greta Bourke Fowler, founde ... Read More



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