Auden and an old master

About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters; how well, they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting For the miraculous birth, there always must be Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating On a pond at the edge of the wood: They never forgot That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer’s horse Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.

Guyanese comedians need to work

Comedy is hard work.  It is also very deceptive.  The current success that it enjoys on the Guyanese stage, and the apparent lightheartedness of it all, the fun, the hilarity, the shooting nonsense to make people laugh, deceives everyone into believing that it is easy.

A master class in fiction writing

(David Dabydeen Johnson’s Dictionary (Leeds, UK: Peepal Tree Press, 221 p.)  Available in paperback) Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language  (1755) is regarded as an exceptional achievement produced by an eighteenth century scholar who is himself described as perhaps the most distinguished man of letters in English history.

Reflections on the end of the drama festival

To end this series of comments on Guyana’s Third National Drama Festival held in November, 2013, we consider the way the festival closed with four new plays produced by students of the National School of Theatre Arts and Drama.

Theatre of Realism

The third edition of the Guyana National Drama Festival ended its run of performances last Friday with plays entered by students of the National School of Theatre Arts and Drama.

A Comfort of Crows

Mark this for a mercy; that here birds, even here,   sustain the wide and impossible highways of warm current, divide the sky; mark this- they all day have amazed the air, that it falls apart from  their heavy wings in thin wedges of sound; though the dull black earth is very still, sweating a special sourness they make high over the  hard thorn-trees their own magnificent turning, they chain all together with very slow journeys to and fro the limits of the dead place; smelling anything old and no longer quick.

A Mexican show of images, colour and words

The Embassy of Mexico in Guyana continued its series of Mexican cultural events with a photographic exhibition outstanding for its show of images, colour and words as it was notorious for its under-representation and unexploited opportunity.

The rise of Amerindian art

From the current exhibition ‘Silent Witness’ showing the art of George Simon, Oswald Hussein and Victor Captain

By Al Creighton This is an edited version of three features which appeared in Sunday Stabroek on October 24, October 31 and November 7, 2010.

African spiritual beliefs

On each anniversary of Emancipation the African presence in the Caribbean is celebrated; whatever can be exhibited of the cultural traditions is highlighted and the performing arts pay tribute to the African vestiges that they can claim.

A sound production

Ronald Hollingsworth over the years has risen to be among the most prominent and established Guyanese dramatists – as both playwright and director.

Bastille Day

Not wanting to deny, I believed it.  Not wanting to believe it I denied our Bastille Day.

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.