Bird of Night (2006) takes flight | Caribbean Review of Books

Originally written for and published in the Caribbean Review of Books (CRB), November 2006.  There is a sketch next to Trinidadian Dominique Le Gendre’s Bird of Night programme note which captures graphically her own complex identity: individual, peer, family, national, collective, Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe, Martinique, and Trinidad. As is perhaps the case with every Caribbean artist, the …

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It’s a brown world | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2003-04 “Psssst! Red gyal! Spanish!” After “family”, those are the greetings I most often get from our always-friendly Trini male population. You may accuse them of being boldfaced, but you can’t say they don’t have a strong grasp of Trini ethnography. Brown skin and curly hair, …

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Review: Iron (2003) at the Royal Court

When going to a play called Iron (presented in early 2003 at the Royal Court, London), one hardly knows what to expect. Iron: it lends itself to phrases like ‘ruling with an iron fist’, iron bars, iron will, even ironing one’s clothes. All of these are useful as one mulls over exactly what takes place …

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