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Galaxy of stars at Drama Fest


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BUDDING THEATRICAL STARS shone brightly on the two final nights at the eighth Caribbean Secondary Schools’ Drama Festival held recently at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed.
?Overriding themes of the brevity of life and various forms of abuse were interspersed with lighter moments of hilarity.
While every territory made a good representation, some performances were truly more impactful.
Jamaica closed out the three days of competition on a high with a spirited performance of Wi Love WiSelf. The multi-genre piece employed dub poetry, dance and songs while bringing unique experiences of the country’s life to light, including skin bleaching, perceptions of beauty and male treatment of women.
At times, Jamaican dialect is a little hard for those from other territories to understand, but the troupe’s diction was excellent. The group shared its evening on the stage with St Vincent and the Grenadines which presented Don’t Tell Nobody.
Set within the four walls of a family home, the story of sexual and physical abuse was portrayed with an unusual twist.
A Time To Dance was one of the stronger pieces showcased. Brought to the stage by an eight-member troupe out of the British Virgin Islands, the play relied heavily on audience participation, which only served to enhance the offering.
It centred on a lethal canister of poison opened during a “performance” at Drama Fest. As the “performers” and “audience” considered the last half-hour of their lives, secrets were revealed and the past confronted in a refreshing way.
The cast worked well together, feeding off each other’s movements and delivery to make the piece a memorable one.
Anguilla’s Inter-roped opened last Wednesday’s leg of the competition, while Life Into Life from Trinidad and Tobago brought the curtain down. (LW)


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