Arts & Culture

Singers ‘rebel’ in 1865

COME May 30, the curtains will go up on the University Singers' 2015 concert season. It marks a departure from the norm for the renowned choir, based at the University of the West Indies' Mona campus. The performances will feature the Franklin Halliburton-composed opera 1865, based on the Morant Ba ... Read More

A section of the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St
Andrew. Facelift on for Ranny Williams centre
THE Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is continuing its beautification and improvement ... Read More

Hugh Douse (foreground) in a scene from the musical King David. (Photos: Garfield Robinson) King David delivers
CATHOLIC priest Father Richard Ho Lung is pleased with last weekend's staging of the musical King Da ... Read More

King Night Work makes comeback
NEARLY four decades after it was first mounted at the Barn Theatre in the Corporate Area, the play N ... Read More

Nanny lives in the arts

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, April 26, 2015    

Composer Shirley Thompson (left) rehearses her work with an orchestra. (Photo: Courtesy of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica)

THE spirit of Nanny — Jamaica's only female national heroine -- rises this year with the staging of two major artistic productions with her as subject. The story of the legendary Maroon leader makes it to the big screen in the United States in October courtesy of filmmaker Roy T Anderson. The docu-film Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess will have its world premiere at the United Nations in New York on Jamaica's National Heroes Day and will be part of the UN's the 2015 Remember Sla ... Read More

Schools to take on Shakespearean roles

Sunday, April 26, 2015    

Student Actors Kevaun Merchant and Rojay Bryan of Kingston
College share a moment with renowned Jamaican stage and
screen actress Leonie Forbes. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

SEVENTEEN Jamaican high schools have taken up the challenge to participate in the inaugural Shakespeare Schools' Championship. However, only one school will be able to take their production on tour of the United Kingdom in 2016 - the 400th anniversary of the death of the English literary giant. As part of the tour, the winning school will have the opportunity to perform their play in London, Birmingham and Manchester. They will also showcase their talent at Stratford-upon-Avon - Shakespeare's b ... Read More

Schools readying for Shakespeare contest

Monday, April 20, 2015    

Dr Tony Sewell,
conceptualiser of the
Shakespeare Schools’
Championship, talks with the
Wolmer’s Girls’ team during a
visit to the Corporate Areabased
high school recently.

STUDENTS from 16 high schools islandwide are in preparation for the regional rounds of the Shakespeare Schools' Championship. They will be presented to the public at an event scheduled for the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Wednesday. The schools include: Glenmuir High in Clarendon; Waterford and Cumberland High Schools in St Catherine; Munroe College in St Elizabeth; and Papine High, Campion College and Kingston College, which is teaming with St Hugh's High School in the Corporate Area. The educat ... Read More

Phelicia Dell for CFW

Saturday, April 18, 2015    


HAITIAN designer Phelicia Dell will be presenting her art-inspired Vèvè Collection at Caribbean Fashionweek's (CFW's)15th anniversary staging in June. Conceptualised by Pulse's CEO Kingsley Cooper, CFW is is scheduled for June 6-15 and is expected to showcase the region's finest. A classic craftswoman, Dell's roots are deeply based in the rich art and spiritual tradition of her country. She describes her Vèvè Collection for the Jamaica Observer. "The Vèv&eg ... Read More

A bag of laughs for Bello & Blakka

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Thursday, April 09, 2015    

Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis (left) and
Winston ‘Bello’ Bell in
performance at the Courtleigh
Auditorium in New Kingston on
Easter Monday.

LAUGHTER rocked the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Easter Monday as comedy duo Winston 'Bello' Bell and Owen 'Blakka' Ellis celebrated their 30th anniversary with their performance together in 10 years. There were no signs of ring rust. Bello and Blakka still have the chemistry that has cracked-up audiences since 1985. The sizeable crowd heard them take on current issues as well as past events. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller was not spared, neither was the visit of American Pre ... Read More

30 years of laughter

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer | Sunday, April 05, 2015    

Winston ‘Bello’
Bell (left) and
Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis

IT was in 1985 that Winston ‘Bello’ Bell and Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis decided they would combine their acting and comic talent to form the duo Bello and Blakka. To mark their 30th year, the duo will stage a show on Easter Monday at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. They are also slated for commemorative dates in Toronto, Florida, New York and Barbados. In an interview with the Sunday Observer, Bello and Blakka, both 55, reflected on their three-decade journey. &l ... Read More

‘Anancy’ takes six

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

Observer senior reporter CHILDREN'S theatre was the big winner at Monday night's Actor Boy Awards held at the Jamaica Pegasus in St Andrew. The production Anancy Chaptaz: Monkey Bizniz by the Independent Actors Movement (IAM) was the night's big winner, taking home a total of six statuettes out of the 20 which were handed out on the night. The fourth installment in the series from the husband-and-wife team of Damion Radcliffe and Sabrena McDonald won in the categ ... Read More

Doodu Boy takes centrestage

Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

Stefhen Bryan

THOUGH his early years in McIntyre Villa were rough, Stefhen Bryan visits the east Kingston community commonly known as Dunkirk whenever he is in Jamaica. His time in Dunkirk inspired Doodu Boy, the one-man play which makes its Jamaican debut this evening at 8:00 with a media show at the Theatre Place in St Andrew. Bryan's life in Dunkirk which he describes as 'treacherous' is recalled in the first Act of Doodu Boy. "It's a homecoming of sorts, the show is about me and my experiences as a chi ... Read More



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