Review: Blood and Gifts (2010) at the National Theatre | ArtsHub UK

The was originally published on ArtsHub (UK) as “Blood & Gifts” at London’s National Theatre The saying goes that those who ignore history are bound to repeat it. And it would seem that 150 years of failed Western attempts at gaining the upper hand in Afghanistan was not enough to dissuade British, Russian or American and NATO forces from attempting to advance their own political and … Continue reading Review: Blood and Gifts (2010) at the National Theatre | ArtsHub UK

Know, honour, innovate (pet peeve pt.2?)

I think folks need to be very careful before declaring themselves “the first” to do something that’s “never been done before”, especially on a small island or coming from a “third world country” (grimace). The smallness of the island or the developing-ness of the nation often belies the contributions of significant trailblazers who have gone before, whose achievements have not always been adequately documented, honoured … Continue reading Know, honour, innovate (pet peeve pt.2?)

Arts criticism/reviewing in Trinidad & Tobago: is there any?

Why isn’t there a culture of real feedback, reviewing or criticism in T&T? It’s something I’ve heard artists and (good) journalists & editors complain about for years: that there isn’t a real core of reviewers and “critics” (however infuriating they me be) to actually give feedback on our cultural products. I can’t remember the last time I read a proper review of local art, music, … Continue reading Arts criticism/reviewing in Trinidad & Tobago: is there any?

“Fare you well, my dear, I must be gone, / And leave you for a while…”

In loving memory of Aunty Astra Da Costa Fare you well, my dear, I must be gone, And leave you for a while; If I roam away I’ll come back again, Though I roam ten thousand miles, my dear, Though I roam ten thousand miles. So fair thou art, my bonny lass, So deep in love am I; But I never will prove false to … Continue reading “Fare you well, my dear, I must be gone, / And leave you for a while…”

Come see “Weekend Comedy” aka “Foursome in Toco”

They call it Foursome in Toco, but it’s really a localised adaptation of Sam & Jeanne Bobrick’s Weekend Comedy… but apparently that won’t “sell” in Trinidad, so foursome it is with a raunchy and kinda tacky ad to match. In any case, it comes from the producers of the last hit comedy Sex, Lies & Money (that I was also in, and which played for … Continue reading Come see “Weekend Comedy” aka “Foursome in Toco”

The Theatre-specific Q&A

OK, it’s one of those forward thingies, but it’s fun! So I’m going to do it. You’ve probably already told us 25 things about yourself….et al. But how about a theatre-specific list? Answer all or some; tag me back or don’t; share your list with friends, or hide it under your pillow. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST SHOW? Excluding school Christmas shows growing up, the title … Continue reading The Theatre-specific Q&A

Looking back at the (Trinidad) Carnival…

It’s been a week since the reign of the Merry Monarch came to an end. I grew up just outside Port of Spain, to a Carnival-avoiding papa and a pan-loving, mas-playing, culture-crazy mama, with access to the home of an adopted grandmother who lived right on Ariapita Avenue (opposite where the popular Corner Bar now is). In other words, I’ve always been a Carnival baby, … Continue reading Looking back at the (Trinidad) Carnival…

Getting introduced to "Sex, Lies & Money"

Well, yes, it’s about sex, lies & money and the pitfalls thereof. But no, it’s not really about that. It’s actually quite a probing, disturbing drama that looks both at the universal themes of human greed and consumerism, and also very specifically at the under-explored lives & livelihoods of middle class T&T. And yes, I’m in it. 😉 The poster says “introducing Caroline Taylor“, which … Continue reading Getting introduced to "Sex, Lies & Money"