Sowing Seeds, Strengthening Roots is the introspective theme which will be carried by the inaugural Courtesy Baobab International Theatre Festival launched last Friday at Hilton Barbados.
Producer Winston Farrell, of Kickdust Productions, explained that the May 20 to 29 festival would highlight local and African-American theatre persons, while creating a new tourism product
for the island.
“We wanted to play our part to provide, develop Afro-Caribbean theatre and the links between our brothers and sisters in the region and the Diaspora. As we move forward in this inaugural year, we will also be recognizing some of the theatre stalwarts, while simultaneously giving locals and visitors a high-quality theatre experience.”
Speaking on behalf of title sponsor Courtesy Garage, Philip Bynoe endorsed the festival as a great cultural exercise that would expose local and international talent.
“We’re pleased to support this initiative, and see it as a much needed festival. Barbados has many talented young actors and stage professionals, and we are pleased to do
our part to assist them in using and honing their skills.”
The festival will feature two major productions: The House Of Landship Revisited and Death Of A Barber. The House Of Landship Revisited follows the travails and setbacks of a modern-day Barbadian family trying to keep the Landship Movement alive between a weary society and disinterested young people.
Landship, the central metaphor in the play, represents a truly unique part of Barbadian cultural history and way of life. This play was written by Winston Farrell and will be directed by Evria Ince.
Death Of A Barber takes place in a dingy, worn-down, one-bedroom tenement apartment in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York. This comedy drama involves the life of a famous barber of the stars who falls from grace owing to his gay lifestyle, and his addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol.
As he struggles to improve his life, he comes to realize the true nature of family, love, and honour.
This play is written by Kuba and directed by L. Earl Forde.
Both plays will feature actors from New York’s Nia Productions, alongside cast members from Barbados.
Built into the festival will be a series of developmental workshops targeting schools and communities. The festival will also feature the inaugural Baobab Guy Goring Memorial Lecture to be delivered by distinguished Trinidadian playwright and director
The curtain will rise on the Baobab International Theatre Festival at the Derrick Smith School Auditorium in Jackmans, St Michael.