The story of the labour riots will be told through a new lens on July 26 at the Frank Collymore Hall. The Crop Over Evening of Folk, one of the festival’s calendar events, has the theme What’s Good for the Goose: Love and War.
The annual theatrical event will explore the 30 year-period between 1937 to 1967 when the island was in a state of unrest and locals were fighting against the injustices in Barbadian society.
The dramatic presentation which is written by Kenneth Jack Lewis will feature a team of talented Barbadian dancers and actors such as Shannon Arthur, Shea Best, Angelo Lascelles, Ishiaka McNiel and Telia Williams. Alison Sealy-Smith will direct the dance theatre piece.
During a live rehearsal Tuesday night, NCF Cultural Officer for the Literary Arts Ayesha Gibson-Gill disclosed that the night of folk culture, dance and music will take Barbadians on a journey of self-reflection and analysis through the fresh, interactive and eye-opening performances.
“You might take for granted the legacy that was created by that rebellion, that pivotal moment and you might take for granted the things that we have to continue to work towards because it was the beginning of a journey of self determination; it was the beginning of being collective in our spirit, for getting things to become better in this country and for making it a socially more equal place,” stressed Gibson-Gill.
“Let these fantastic performances transport you through time with their story, with their passion and kind of reinvigorate our own process as people,” she added.
The cultural officer revealed that the actors will breathe life into characters whose lives and relationships were directly impacted by the period of unrests.
“They are going to focus on the story of individuals who were affected in their jobs, livelihood, in their social connections with people, how the social conditions of the thirties affected them and made them do whatever they thought they needed to do to make a better life for themselves,” she disclosed.
Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, the City of Bridgetown Co-operative Credit Union of Barbados, Vice President Adlai Stevenson urged the public to support the event while confirming the co-operative’s support of the island’s creative and entertainment sector.
“We believe that the creative element in Barbados needs to be encouraged and we certainly are going to do our part to support Crop Over in general,” said Stevenson.