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
The Tragic Muse
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.
It is very peaceful here
With the white clouds drifting
And the palm trees lifting
Graceful arms to fan the air.
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