Wright on | Caribbean Beat

Growing up in Guyana, Letitia Wright never imagined a Hollywood career. But after a string of stage and TV roles and early recognition of her talent, her casting in the blockbuster movie Black Panther was the break every actor hopes for, says Caroline Taylor. Published as the cover story in the May/June issue of Caribbean Beat Despite a cast brimming with award-winning Hollywood legends, there … Continue reading Wright on | Caribbean Beat

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

Remembering abolition | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2007 On March 25, 1807, parliament in London passed a law formally abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire. The United States followed suit by banning the importation of slaves from January 1, 1808. It took many more years to end slavery altogether. Freedom for existing slaves did not come in the British territories until … Continue reading Remembering abolition | Caribbean Beat

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 negotiation between all these identities finds expression through her creative … Continue reading Bird of Night (2006) takes flight | Caribbean Review of Books

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, like mine, usually mean a girl is one of two … Continue reading It’s a brown world | Caribbean Beat

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 within the play. For Iron is, in the end, not … Continue reading Review: Iron (2003) at the Royal Court