Developments in popular theatre

The performance of a play in Georgetown, Pleasing Mrs Jones, by a Linden drama group led by Mike James revealed a number of very interesting developments in the popular theatre that suggest the way Guyana is reflecting current regional trends. 

Rodney and literature

This subject was earlier approached in a publication The Walter Rodney Factor in West Indian Literature by Al Creighton and partly carried in ‘Arts on Sunday.’ What is included here, however, is updated, current material which benefits from new research.

The Jamaica Pantomime has been weakened somewhat

The pantomime is an important and popular tradition in the Caribbean theatre.  The production for the 2012-13 season, popularly known simply as ‘pantomime’ is Schoolahs by Barbara Gloudon, which has been running since December 26, 2012 at The Little Theatre in Kingston. 

Commemorating Arrival

Among the events held in Guyana to commemorate Arrival Day 2013 were an exhibition by the Ministry of Culture at the National Museum and the staging of Nrityageet 34 at the National Cultural Centre in conjunction with an exhibition of art presented by ICT under the theme The Struggle of Memory Against Forgetting.

Arts on Sunday

Arts on Sunday

William Shakespeare (April 23, 1564-April 23, 1616) is the subject of intensified attention this weekend in his birthplace Stratford, England, and the rest of the world will take notice this week Tuesday, because April 23 will mark the celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday.

The major comedy show of the year

Arts on Sunday

We have on previous occasions commented on the theatre of comedy as a tradition in the Caribbean, its changing trends and the way it has grown to become serious business in the Guyanese theatre. 

Indebted to Chinua Achebe

Arts on Sunday

We returned to our places, these kingdoms But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation With an alien people clutching their gods  Eliot, “The Journey of the Magi” Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.     

Fate, fortune and World Storytelling Day

Arts on Sunday

World Story-telling Day is celebrated across the globe in several different countries. What started in Sweden in 1990 or 1991 (the records are not specific) as an organised event faded out and became sporadic before it gained sufficient recognition to be an annual event observed in several countries annually on March 20, as it now is.

The NCN calypso ban

Arts on Sunday

What mighty contests rise from trivial Things -Pope The Rape of the Lock …divers coloured fans, whose wind did seem to glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool, and what they undid did – Shakespeare Antony and Cleopatra Guyana’s major national festival Mashramani exploded in colour, spectacle, performance, revelry and music in February 2013 as the nation celebrated its Republic anniversary.

The season for theatre

Arts on Sunday

This season is known for theatre in the Caribbean. Curiously, this theatre exists and has sprung from two different traditions: one that takes place on the formal (western) stage, and another belonging to the traditional theatre of the folk. 

Honouring Edgar Mittelholzer

Edgar Mittelholzer (1909-1965) is a major Guyanese writer.  Not only is he one of the most recognized Guyanese writers, but the nation accords him a most distinguished place in its literature and heritage. 

Amerindians and perceptions

If one were to look at the heritage of Amerindian arts and culture in Guyana from the perspective of records and treatment in the colonial period one will find mixed attitudes and treatments – from serious study to superficiality, stereotyping and romanticism; from thorough and valuable documentation to disapproval and scepticism. 

Remembering A J Seymour’s Amalivaca

. . . Seven days now this womb of sacred waters Has made its marriage with oblivion Over the sounding cliff of rock and I Amalivaca in this tiny wedge Driven between the witness centuries, Have drowned my mind within the moving flood, Married my human to watery particles Searching the smoothness secret of its power.

Trinidad and Tobago: Fifty years on

The British Caribbean celebrates 50 years of nationhood in 2012.  Although most of the territories did not become independent until the years between 1966 and the 1970s, the age of ‘the Caribbean Nation’ is defined by the year 1962 when the first two islands gained Independence.

Celebrating the Guianas

The Guiana Shield is mostly defined in geographical and geological terms since its location, landscape, earth structure and vegetation are what define it.

The serious business of comedy

The Caribbean performance traditions have always included very strong forms of comedy. These have included indigenous forms, the influences of the popular culture, imported styles and various types of stage performance. 

The ‘Art’ of diplomacy

Over many years the Embassy of the United States of America in Georgetown has been involved in a range of artistic presentations in Guyana.