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Published:Friday | January 20, 2023 | 1:15 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“We were performing at Devon House one time,” Renford Foster, leader of the Southwest St Andrew Jonkunoo group said, “and I heard a lady tell her child, ‘Don’t watch dem. Dem is obeah. Dem worship devil. See de devil deh wid him pitchfork...

Published:Saturday | January 14, 2023 | 12:23 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Training begins today for about 15 new and established Jonkunoo groups around the island, most immediately for a competition next month. To be led by the Institute of Creative Training and Development (ICTD) in consultation with the Jamaica...

Published:Wednesday | January 4, 2023 | 12:19 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Since he began writing and producing plays in 1980, Basil Dawkins has won several Actor Boy Awards for Best New Jamaican Play. He may do so again with his current play, No Hope for Hopie which is being shown at the Little Little Theatre. Spoiler...

Published:Monday | January 2, 2023 | 12:35 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Ask Vivian Crawford the simplest question about Jamaica’s culture or heritage and you’ll get a whole lot more information than you would have expected. That’s one of the benefits – or hazards, if one is pressed for time – of chatting with the...

Published:Friday | December 23, 2022 | 1:19 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (MCGES) is calling for proposals from individuals and groups interested in preserving Jamaican culture and heritage. Declaring, “I look forward to us working together,” the minister, Olivia...

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2022 | 1:16 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Two short plays designed to help students prepare for Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams were so successful when staged in March that they were remounted last month for general audiences. The second staging proved even more...

Published:Tuesday | December 6, 2022 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Opal Palmer Adisa’s promise of “a poetry reading with a difference” was fulfilled with her delivery of The Gift of Words on Thursday afternoon last week. In collaboration with The University of the West Indies, Mona, Department of Literatures in...

Published:Saturday | December 3, 2022 | 12:10 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Reimagining Nanny was originally a project that, in the words of Minister Olivia Grange, is “aimed at recognising Queen Nanny of the Windward Maroons of Jamaica as far greater than a female warrior and Jamaica’s only national heroine.” As...

Published:Saturday | December 3, 2022 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

For all her adult life, Terri Salmon has believed in the power of the arts. First as a dancer, then as an actress, she entertained audiences in numerous theatre productions for decades. Now, she is helping people more directly as a social worker...

Published:Thursday | November 24, 2022 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Between 8:15 p.m. on Saturday when the Little Theatre’s stage curtain opened and 10:15 p.m. when it closed, the near-capacity audience was treated to a joy-filled dance show. Yes, there was an intermission between the six dances of the first half...

Published:Tuesday | November 22, 2022 | 12:10 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Yet another call has been made on Government to provide Jamaica with a purpose-built centre for the performing arts. It came on Sunday from a leading theatre practitioner – actor, director, educator and performing arts group leader Fabian Thomas....

Published:Saturday | November 19, 2022 | 12:05 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The Ntukuma Storytelling Foundation of Jamaica’s annual storytelling week has so far been fun-filled. It culminates on Sunday afternoon in the Island Village complex, Ocho Rios, with more of the eating, drinking and storytelling that has marked the...

Published:Thursday | November 3, 2022 | 12:13 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

One of the highlights of October was the Miss Lou Festival in her Jamaican home community, Gordon Town. It was referred to as the inaugural festival as the organisers, the Louise Bennett Coverley Festival Committee, headed by Opal Palmer Adisa,...

Published:Thursday | October 27, 2022 | 12:05 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

William Shakespeare observes in As You Like It, “All the world’s a stage/And all the men and women merely players/They have their exits and their entrances/And one man in his time plays many parts….” For the past couple of decades, when Basil...

Published:Friday | September 30, 2022 | 12:07 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Opal Palmer Adisa is one of the busiest people in Jamaica. The titles attached to her name – professor, poet, cultural activist, feminist, and award-winner many times over – indicate some of her activities. They were used last week by a woman who...

Published:Friday | September 16, 2022 | 12:06 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Pitchy Patchy, the revue which audiences can enjoy at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), Mona, for the next three weekends, elevates form over substance. That would be a criticism with most theatrical pieces; not so with...

Published:Wednesday | September 7, 2022 | 12:06 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Submissions for the 2023 Commonwealth Short Story Prize have opened. That was the news greeting thousands of people around the world, including many in Jamaica – interested parties and the writers who have entered, and perhaps been winners in, the...

Published:Wednesday | August 24, 2022 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Man has long believed in the power of music to bring peace to troubled minds and situations. Famously, playwrights William Shakespeare and William Congreve captured the concept when writing, in their respective plays, about music being “the food of...

Published:Wednesday | August 17, 2022 | 12:06 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The 12th production of the Jamaica Poetry Festival (JPF) staged by poet Yasus Afari and SenYAcum Edutainment was held at the AC Marriott Hotel, Lady Musgrave Road, on Sunday evening. It was a splendid affair, but that doesn’t mean it was without...

Published:Monday | August 8, 2022 | 12:07 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of monkeypox, many have left the current National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) shows at the Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue, with their spirits lifted. For them, a major company objective for the...

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2022 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The first phase of a Save Ormsby Hall initiative which began some four months ago is winding down. It is “an immense project” says the conceptualiser, the well-known artist Laura Facey, who is spearheading it, and the movement to save the venerable...

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2022 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“Welcome back to live theatre.” That was the greeting given by Marlon Simms, artistic director of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), to the audience last Friday night at the Little Theatre. He was opening the company’s first full live...

Published:Thursday | July 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

On the face of it, the paintings of the late Cecil Cooper and the fiction of Ferdinand Dennis are unrelated. But the works of the two are featured together at the Olympia Gallery in Papine, St Andrew, and the creators both referred to as...

Published:Friday | June 24, 2022 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Although Robert Johnson Jr is an experienced playwright, with 15 plays produced in the United States and Kenya, he is treating his current play with extra special care. And it is taking him longer than usual to complete. He has been working on Bar...

Published:Tuesday | June 21, 2022 | 6:37 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

At the end of its concert at the Church of the Good Shepherd last Sunday, the Jamaica Youth Chorale (JYC) got the ultimate accolade, a standing ovation. Minutes later, this Gleaner reporter and several others gathered around the JYC’s founder and...

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