Sunday, 13 March 2011

THE CULTURE REPORT: Thespy winners go for the double, One Love Peace Fest to rock London this summer

GOING FOR (MORE) GOLD: As the Jamaican theatre community gets set to salute the most outstanding work of the past year at the March 28 Actor Boy Awards, among the crop of contenders are a few of this year’s Thespian Spirit Award winners who are hunting ‘the double’ – winning both the Thespy and the Actor Boy. Maylynne Walton Lowe is seeking her first Actor Boy trophy, for her marvellous turn as Annie Palmer in White Witch, while costar Philip Clarke (supporting-actor nominee) also hunts his first win. Dahlia Harris (a Thespy winner for supporting actress for Judgement) has been pitched as a lead actress for the Actor Boy, which could result in her third win. Meanwhile, multiple Actor Boy winner Brian Heap is up for another trophy for directing Appropriate Behaviour. (More on this year’s Actor Boy Awards.)

IT’S A REGGAE SUMMER: Mark your calendars. This July, London comes alive with the 2011 staging of the UK’s biggest annual reggae event, the One Love Peace Fest. The big-budget concert this year marks the 30th anniversary of the death of reggae icon Bob Marley, while celebrating its 20th staging. Bringing together fans of reggae, dancehall and hip hop, the Fest goes down Sunday, July 31 at the renowned Wembley Arena. Headlining the star-studded show are Busta Rhymes, Ky-Mani Marley, Sean Paul and Shaggy (pictured). (Ticket info.)

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