Student creativity will be on display towards the end of this month and into December when the Theatre Arts Department of the Barbados Community College (BCC) stages ???Emmerton’ and other plays, co-directed by Coordinator of the Theatre Arts Programme, Yvonne Weekes and tutor, Michelle Cox.
The theatrical work of the BCC’s first and second year students will be showcased on two Saturdays, namely November 27 and December 3; and on Sunday, December 11, in the Performing Hall at the BCC. All plays start at 7.00 p.m.
Admission for all performances is $15 and these funds will go towards the College’s Portfolio 2012.??
According to Ms. Weekes, the series of plays, slated for November 27, represents the work of first year students who created four short plays inspired by Barbadian calypsos, including Emmerton by The Mighty Gabby.??
Stressing that these were a "must see" for CSEC Theatre Arts students, she said: "The plays explore contemporary and sometimes taboo issues within Barbadian society." Additionally, the students narrate the concerns surrounding black identity as examined in the work of Caribbean poets and writers including Anthony Hinkson, Edward Kamau Brathwaite, the late Michael Smith as well as BCC’s senior tutor of Liberal Arts, Esther Phillips.
He Who Says Yes by Bertolt Brecht and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is not Enuf by Ntozake Shange will be staged by second year students on December 3. These classic texts, which are directed by Ms. Weekes will, among other things, explore different techniques of acting.
The last play Tug of War and Dream Girls will run on December 11.
The first presentation, facilitated by Ms. Cox, is a popular theatre piece created by the second year students. It examines the tensions and relationships between the young and their elders. Dream Girls, directed by Dionne Lashley is a musical drama created by the students themselves, their own adaptation to Dream Girls. The piece features extracts from the Broadway musical Dreamgirls by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen and the poetry of Langston Hughes.
Members of the public are invited to attend the various shows and support the theatrical work of the BCC students.