The theater scene in T&T is extremely diverse and can be found in little pockets all over the island. Student productions, theater company productions, play readings and workshops – there’s a lot happening. Keep up, though because all you need to do is blink – and you’ve missed it!
DCFA’s New Director’s Forum: Festival of Plays
The Department of Creative and Festival Art’s (DCFA) at the University of the West Indies holds an annual Festival of Plays, showcasing plays directed by students pursuing their degree in Theatre Arts. This year the festival will be held between 23-25 November 2018 and will feature six plays.
Each student prepares their production from the ground, up as part of their Directing II course at the University. They are given full freedom to innovate and mold the play as they see fit, with the guidance of tutors and lecturers at the University. The public is welcome to come and view the final pieces, which are in fact part of the student’s assessment! It is truly a refreshing experience, seeing the newest emerging talent in directing and acting in T&T.
If you’re interested in attending, tickets are available for purchase on the night, at the Learning Resource Centre on the UWI Campus, St. Augustine Trinidad.
New Playwright’s Workshop
This is a year-long gathering where playwrights can share new and developing work. No matter how experienced or how ‘green’ the playwright, one thing is for certain: all are welcome. This nurturing and warm environment provides the perfect catalyst for budding playwrights to start breaking through onto Trinidad’s theater scene. Through discussion, script reading, critique and constructive feedback, playwrights are given a chance to share their work and their ideas, while being guided by the best. The public is welcome to sit into workshops as well, and share in the ideas being posited.
Playwrights and attending actors read through the roles, bringing them to life in a casual, learning environment. Workshop participants will engage in productive critique and feedback on each body of work. (Trinidad Theatre Workshop)
If you’d like to sit in to one of these workshops, clear the first Wednesday in every month. Workshops are held at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop in St. Claire in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
New Play Festival
Finally, Trinidad’s New Play Festival is upon us! This is usually held in November, however this year you’ll be able to see original scripts being performed as part of the New Play Festival. After playwrights go through the Playwright’s Workshop, they are given funding, and paired with a director. From start to finish, they work with actors towards the realization of their script on stage. It is truly a humbling experience to see the finished work on stage at the end!
The New Play Festival will be held from 6-9 December 2018 will feature workshop performances of three plays: Earl Lovelace’s Salt, Narad Mahabir’s The Ford and Rhesa Samuel’s Asylum.
The festival, now int its third year, aims to foster the development of original storytelling through drama and playmaking, provide opportunities for new plays and indigenous storytelling to be performed for personal and collective development. The festival also provides an opportunity for theatre practitioners of varying generations to work together, and a forum to raise awareness of local theatre works, inspiring appreciation, respect and support for local theatre. (T&T Newsday)
If you think you’re up for this, visit the Big Black Box, 33 Murray Street, Woodbrook. Make sure to book your tickets in advance!