Songs of freedom | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2007 This September, Geraldine Connor’s epic musical Carnival Messiah will be presented in a rather unusual setting. The mammoth production will be staged under a 1,000-seat big top on the lawn of the sprawling Harewood House, home of the Queen’s cousin the Earl of Harewood, and an estate built on the profits made from 18th-century slave plantations. Created … Continue reading Songs of freedom | Caribbean Beat

Ready for action | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine, in 2007 There’s a small arts revolution taking place in Trinidad and Tobago, with roots in the Centre for Creative and Festival Arts (CCFA) at the University of the West Indies, and branches reaching as far as Europe, Africa, and North America. Officially launched in 1994, Arts-in-Action (AiA) is a public education programme. It is the brainchild of … Continue reading Ready for action | Caribbean Beat

“Prestige School” Ponderings

I have a kind of psychic claustrophobia. A fear of anything that confines me to a prescribed amount of space in the world. Labels, check-boxes, baggage, stuff like that. I’m so averse to it I wrote a one-woman play (soap box) about it called, appropriately, Pack Light. Trinidad is so small that no matter what school you went to, people tend to tote — or try to bestow others … Continue reading “Prestige School” Ponderings

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