Friday, 10 January 2014

REAL TALK: Terri Salmon riffs on her smash hit play, modern dancehall, and what's next for her

SHINING TIME: The stage star, photographed at the Pantry Playhouse in New Kingston.

The veteran actress and Actor Boy winner revels in unbridled fun and the spirit of patriotism in David Tulloch's uplifting hit musical revue, Jamaica Sweet

TALLAWAH: Have you always been a song-and-dance kind of girl when it comes to showbiz? 
Salmon: Throughout my career I've done a lot of revues and I've always enjoyed musicals because I was a member of the Pantomime Company for several years. 

TALLAWAH: Jamaica Sweet strikes close parallels with Aston Cooke's Jamaica 2 Rahtid, but what sets your show apart? 
Salmon: The theme of uplifting Jamaica is very strong, especially at a time when we need more positive things to be happening. It's a great cast and I think David did an amazing job with the script. I was committed to the show from March. 

TALLAWAH: Music plays a key role in the production. Who are some of your favourite reggae artistes, and what do you make of the current state of the industry? 
Salmon: I've always admired Lady Saw and Shabba Ranks because of how straightforward they are in their work. I think one of the major problems affecting the reggae industry is the homophobia. Our dancehall artistes need to remember that everyone has a right to exist in spite of our differences. 

TALLAWAH: What's next for Goddess Theatre? 
Salmon: I still want to do a one-woman show, not necessarily autobiographical. Or I might revive a piece by Blue Mountain Theatre because they have given me permission to do so. But theatre space availability in Kingston is always a major factor. Hopefully something works out for this year.

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