A CHANGE OF PACE: Here at TALLAWAH, every now and again, we like to check in on some of our favourite people to find out where life has taken them. After putting in a bravura lead performance in the School of Drama's Ruined in 2011 (winning both the Thespy and Actor Boy for Best Actress), Trini-born UWI Mona grad Risanne Martin has returned to her native twin-island republic and has opted to put her acting career on hold. (For now, we hope.) Even so, the 25-year-old actress continues to direct a small group back home primarily comprised of primary school students, as part of an NGO run by her family. "I think naturally I'm a director," Martin tells the Trinidad Guardian. "Acting I've always had a knack for, but I've never been particularly interested in it." She also runs a style consultancy in Woodbrook and has worked as the official stylist of a local mobile phone company.
COMEBACK KID: And as we say so long to one award-winning performer, we welcome the much-anticipated return of another. After a lengthy self-imposed hiatus, firecracker actress and Actor boy winner Zandriann Maye is due to make a return to the boards later this month in Basil Dawkins' My God Don't Wear Pajamas, in which she'll swap lines and share scenes with the likes of Donald 'Iceman' Anderson, Bertina Macaulay and Jean-Paul Menou. Given her penchant for performances that straddle the divide between the perversely funny and the highly dramatic (see Hot Spot and the Jamaica 2 Rahtid sequel), I'm intrigued to see what she'll deliver this time around.