TAKING THE LEAD: By all appearances, it was a banner year for leading actors in Jamaican theatre. Time was, it proved incredibly difficult to select as few as five award-worthy performances to shortlist for the Thespian Spirit Awards. This year, however, we witnessed a marked turning of the tables, with a range of strong candidates making their presence felt. I'm referring to the likes of Chris McFarlane (in Toy Boy), Orrin Scott-Stewart (in Paternal Instinct), Keiran King (pictured, in Taboo) and such long shots as Gaza Boyz' Jomo Dixon, to name only a few. Not to mention the consummately outstanding Glen Campbell, who could earn his umpteenth career nomination for Ladies of the Night and Jerry Benwick in Laveda Thompson's Clue. As we draw closer to nominations week, we're planning on putting the spotlight on the best bets, the possibles and the underdogs in all the major races.