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Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2024 | 4:27 PMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“It was good. I enjoyed it.” That assessment and explanation of it came from a woman in the seat behind me as we prepared to leave the Courtleigh Auditorium on Sunday evening. Judging from the enthusiastic applause and cheers that were just dying...

Published:Monday | June 10, 2024 | 12:05 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

A 15-minute video which seeks to preserve the memory of Ring Ding, Jamaica’s first television programme made specifically for children, was launched last Friday afternoon. Clap Yuself The Ring Ding Documentary was shown to a small audience of...

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2024 | 12:05 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

For about two hours, and to the delight of the audience, poems of all shapes, sizes and themes poured into the amphitheatre of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), along Arthur Wint Drive, last Tuesday evening. The...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2024 | 12:07 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

There was so much to see at the weekend concert by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica (POJ) that you could have enjoyed it even if you were deaf. I refer not only to the beauty of the venue, the grounds of The University of the West Indies, Mona...

Published:Monday | May 6, 2024 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The St Mary Literary Festival had its successful inaugural staging at the Port Maria Anglican Church hall two Saturdays ago. Doubtlessly, the team organising it breathed a collective sigh of relief as, after months of hard work, which started last...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2024 | 12:10 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“Today we celebrate and properly recognise someone who embodies excellence,” was the proxy declaration of Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange on Sunday. She was referring to Mervyn Morris, a man whose exemplary...

Published:Friday | April 12, 2024 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The energy hits you in the face and ears like blasts from a furnace. It starts with the shouted, albeit cheery, greeting from the black leather-clad deejay (Kiana Jackson). She goes on far too long, nearly 15 minutes. At least that’s how it was on...

Published:Monday | March 11, 2024 | 12:07 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“This award is wonderful ... marvellous,” veteran actor Oliver Samuels said as he received the Red Stripe Living Legend Award from the company’s brand manager, Nathan Nelms, on Friday night. The event took place at the Little Theatre, Tom Redcam...

Published:Monday | March 4, 2024 | 12:07 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The question-filled audience at the Temple of Light Centre for Spiritual Living on Fairway Avenue, St Andrew, last week Sunday heard about both the frustrations and the joys of trying to write and publish books. The process was ultimately “very...

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2024 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Having nearly $1 million in prize money, the What’s Your Story Jamaica? storytelling competition is easily the island’s richest of its kind, and now in its third year, it’s becoming more popular. This positive news was given to the audience at this...

Published:Tuesday | February 6, 2024 | 12:06 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Theatre is bouncing back big time after the trials and tribulations of Covid. A couple of years ago, stages were dark, but this past weekend drama aficionados were able to see no less than six productions in the Corporate Area. Five of them...

Published:Friday | January 12, 2024 | 12:11 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Unsurprisingly, Balfour Anderson’s Christmas Day gift to Jamaica was a play. The title is Jamaican Hustlers, and it is now running on weekends at Green Gables Theatre, Cargill Avenue. What might be surprising, however, is the type of production he...

Published:Thursday | January 4, 2024 | 12:10 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“It’s gripping from beginning to end.” That’s one patron’s feeling about Basil Dawkins’ latest play, Once Upon a Watch Night, playing at the Little Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Drive. The prolific playwright-producer, who has been staging plays at...

Published:Thursday | December 14, 2023 | 12:06 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

It took nearly two hours on Sunday for her audience to begin to plumb the professional depths of Jamaican-Canadian artist and educator, Dr Lillian Allen. And even at the end of the session, we knew precious little about her personal life. Gathered...

Published:Wednesday | December 6, 2023 | 12:12 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“Is that it!” exclaimed broadcaster Tony Patel. “It’s finished already?” It was 6:10 p.m. on Sunday, and we were in the St Luke’s Church, Cross Roads. The applause for the annual Advent concert presented by the Diocesan Festival Choir and Chamber...

Published:Friday | November 24, 2023 | 12:06 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The 2023 concert by the National Chorale of Jamaica (NCOJ) which delighted audiences at the Hope United Church, St Andrew, on Sunday was an example of “all’s well that ends well”. Owing to the heavy rains and flooding that the island has been...

Published:Monday | November 6, 2023 | 12:07 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“We wanted to do something good to honour his fiftieth,” said Jean-Paul Menou, the director of the production now running at the Edna Manley College’s School of Drama. He and I were leaving the Dennis Scott Studio Theatre on Saturday afternoon,...

Published:Tuesday | October 24, 2023 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

If you want to know the causes of Jamaica’s major disease, crime and violence, go see Keith ‘Ginger’ Knight’s play Whiplash, now playing on weekends at Little Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue. If all the causes are not there, the fundamental ones...

Published:Wednesday | October 4, 2023 | 12:07 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The Father Ho Lung and Friends musical Ruby (also called Ruby Magdalene, to make an analogy with the Magdalene of the Bible) is making its third public appearance. The first two productions were decades ago and many years apart. It has improved...

Published:Tuesday | September 26, 2023 | 12:07 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The launch of the digital Jamaica Poetry Archive is set to shake up the access to and understanding of literature and Jamaican culture by increasing accessibility to Jamaican poetry. A digital treasure trove of seminal works, it will serve as a...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2023 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Dr Amina Blackwood Meeks answered with passion when she was asked this question on Saturday: “Why should Jamaicans be interested in our own storytelling when we have all sorts of online entertainment from all over the world?” “First, you have to...

Published:Monday | September 11, 2023 | 12:02 PMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

It’s 7:30 Saturday night at the Philip Sherlock Centre, Mona. Milling around you are scores of beautifully dressed people. The ones wearing multicoloured Pitchy Patchy T-shirts are focused on specific actions related to the main event of the...

Published:Tuesday | August 1, 2023 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

We’re living in hot times, just now. First, there’s the crime and violence. Then there’s the weather, with July reportedly having been the hottest month on record. Among the ways people are seeking relief is by going to the Little Little Theatre....

Published:Wednesday | July 26, 2023 | 12:10 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

In his short Message from the Artistic Director, Marlon Simms refers several times to wanting the 61st season of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) to engage emotionally with the audience. He writes of taking us “on a journey of movement and...

Published:Thursday | June 29, 2023 | 12:27 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

It’s as if the University Singers are trying to make up for the last three annual concert seasons they missed because of the COVID-19 lockdowns. The 2023 season is bigger, bolder and brighter than before. In other words, “extra-large”. Consider the...

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