By Frank Birbalsingh Roy Heath’s oeuvre of nine novels proclaim him as one of the finest Anglophone Caribbean novelists, and certainly one of the best from Guyana, so it is something of a surprise that Ameena Gafoor’s Aftermath of Empire: The Novels of Roy A.K.
The Institute of Creative Arts (ICA) will celebrate its fifth Convocation on Thursday, September 20, 2018.
By Alim Hosein The institution of the Guyana Prize for Literature more than 30 years ago has helped enormously in giving credence to the concept of Guyanese Literature.
Ulysses by the Merlion (For Maurice Baker) I have sailed many waters, Skirted islands of fire, Contended with Circe Who loved the squeal of pigs; Passed Scylla and Charybdis To seven years with Calypso, Heaved in battle against the gods.
“The Performance 10 – Mixed Emotions” is a significant production announced to be presented at the National Cultural Centre on Tuesday, August 28.
Ever since the early development of human civilisation there has always been a very close relationship between religion and theatre, or at least between theatre and spiritual belief and ritual.
Throughout last week there were performances of Ramlila at venues across Guyana. These were done by a performing group from the Ayodhya Research Institute of India, hosted by the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha which took them to the locations in rural communities for four performances: Groeneveldt (Leonora), Yakusari (Black Bush Polder), Tain and Bath.
One of the most dedicated studies of a single author in Guyanese and West Indian literature has recently been released by the UWI Press.
Till Ah Find A Place 2 by Ronald Hollingsworth, directed by Sheron Cadogan-Taylor and recently performed at the National Cultural Centre was the latest in a long series of successful productions by the Hollingsworth-Taylor team.
What is the Commonwealth? This is not a question that will arise very often, or that one might have cause to think about too much.
Acclaimed story-teller and poet Paul Keens-Douglas recently returned to Guyana for a comedy show after several years.
The Theatre Guild of Guyana recently returned to the stage with a production that was very special to the institution.
The most recent revision of the annual comedy series “Nothing to Laugh About” by Signature Productions provided another very good opportunity to do a further study of comedy theatre in Guyana.
O Beautiful Guyana O beautiful Guyana O my lovely native land More dear to me than all the world Thy sea-washed, sun-kissed strand Or down upon the borders Looking down upon the deep The great Atlantic Blown into a fury or asleep At morn, at noon or better In the crimson sunset’s glow I love thee, Oh I love thee.
By Philbert Gajadhar “From Ashes We Rise” is the latest in the series of exhibitions from the University of Guyana’s Creative Arts Division located in the Department of Language and Cultural Studies.
By Alim Hosein Guyana’s National Gallery of Art, Castellani House, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, having opened to the public on May 24, 1993.
The Guyana Carnival is here. Guyana has now joined other countries in the celebration of carnival, which is both, variously, a long-standing tradition and a new imitative contrivance.
Bans A KillinSo yuh a de man me hear bout! Ah yuh dem seh dah teck Whole heap a English oat seh dat yuh gwine kill dialec!
Around this time in Guyana and the Caribbean, the arrival of peoples of different ethnic and cultural origins is commemorated.
British High Commissioner Greg Quinn honoured the legacy of William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright of all time, with his third Annual Shakespeare Film Night on April 25.
On Friday last, April 20, Chinese Language Day was observed by the United Nations, one of seven such annual observances.
Darren McAlmont’s Woman In Law 2 played at the National Cultural Centre recently.
Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits, and Are melted into air, into thin air, And like the baseless fabric of this vision The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And like this insubstantial pageant faded Leave not a rack behind.
Last Wednesday afternoon, a large procession of Christian worshipers made its way down the main street of New Amsterdam, Berbice.
Shrek – The Musical Jr was on stage last week, being the 2018 annual dramatic production of the Georgetown International Academy.
Ode to Aphrodite Deathless Aphrodite, throned in flowers, Daughter of Zeus, O terrible enchantress, With this sorrow, with this anguish, break my spirit Lady, not longer!
There are some forms of comedy that are currently popular in the Caribbean, including the large theatre communities in Jamaica and Trinidad.
The opportunity arises after the events of Mashramani have concluded to assess their success and impact.
Popular theatre to mark special occasions continued at the National Cultural Centre on February 14, last with a dramatic production for Valentine’s Day.
Theatre as investigative therapy, or as healing ritual, was demonstrated last week when the production Omega – the Beginning, directed by Nicose Layne and Rae Wiltshire was staged at the Theatre Guild Playhouse, Kingston.
Studies in Realism (ii) The Tragic Muse O God This is my meditation now, before I pray.
The Call of the River Nun I hear your call! I hear it far away; I hear it break the circle of these crouching hills.
It is bacchanal season. It is the official season of carnival in Trinidad (and in Rio, Brazil), and the unofficial season of Mashramani in Guyana.
For Me – The Back-Yard Play your Carnival, play your masque, Dance with your Country Club set, Hop, jump at your midnight fete; For these things I’ll never ask – Take them all and leave for me The back-yard scene at dusk: The haze of blue wood-smoke, Morning mist amid mango leaves And the nancy-story fantasies That the cries of kiskadees From long, long ago evoke.
Last week we commented on the huge popularity of stand-up comedy on the Guyanese stage, and the way it sells tickets over and above all else in the local theatre.
The curtains closed on the theatre stage in Guyana for 2017 with the annual comedy show c, produced by Lyndon Jones and Maria Benschop.
Today, around the streets of Georgetown, small, straggly groups of youths dressed in motley costumes can be seen prancing about, almost to the rhythms of two or three lazy-looking drummers who stand at the side of the road.
At lunchtime on December 18, 1989, AJ Seymour (AJS) phoned to ask me if I would be very kind and pass for him that afternoon to take him to the Guyana Prize Awards Ceremony at the Cultural Centre.
Much tribute is being paid to Martin Wylde Carter (1927 – 1997) around this time, and with very good reason.
Arabesque It is very peaceful here With the white clouds drifting And the palm trees lifting Graceful arms to fan the air.
Quiet’s Event I The mountains slowly emerge out of mist and cloud This is the epitome of quiet’s event when the sun warm and filled with distant barking of dogs rises inevitably into the mind rises into the world and exists beyond abstraction beyond any attempt to ignore its objective presence, so that we feel eternally alive.
Guyana’s National Drama Festival (NDF) 2017 has now reached the stage where nominations have been made for the various awards and prizes in the different categories.
The National Drama Festival (NDF) is now in progress at the National Cultural Centre.
It was recently announced that Guyanese-British singer, songwriter, musician and producer Eddy Grant has released a new album titled ‘Plaisance’.
Creative Writing in Guyana has a long history, though the formal and certified training in it is very short.
They Came in Ships They came in ships From far across the seas Britain, colonising the East in India Transporting her chains from Chota Nagpur and the Ganges plain.
Albion Wilds Dear Solitude! Where peace and concord dwell, Whose smiling beauties quell The soul’s inquietude.
Popular literature is an important and substantial study. It is a genre whose international impact is astounding.
At this time in Trinidad and Tobago the festival of Ramlila (called Ramleela there) is very widely celebrated.
How can anyone forget the magic of that childhood realm called “on the way home from school…”?