Thursday, 21 August 2014

CULTURE VULTURE: Hamlet heads to Kingston + Wayne Marshall's winning streak + Jamaica Youth Theatre nabs global title

TALENT: Kudos to the Jamaica Youth Theatre on nabbing first place in the Global Dialogues Sexual Violence Video Challenge, for their short film "Stop Violence Against Women" directed by Akeem Mignott (from a concept by Danar Royal) and featuring the strong acting talents of Petrina Williams, Brian Johnson, Kellesia Ebanks and Mignott. "JYT joins in the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects every one in three women," Mignott says. "Violence against women must not be tolerated in any form, in any context, in any circumstance." To watch the JYT's winning clip, visit YouTube.

THEATRE: There was no way the UK's legendary Globe Theatre was going to embark on a worldwide tour of the Bard's classic tragedy Hamlet and not include Jamaica on its year-long itinerary of over 200 stops. Sure enough, next Tuesday night, August 26, the Little Theatre in Kingston will make room for the large British contingent (an accomplished cast and crew featuring some of the UK's finest) as they present what one can only predict will be pure theatrical viagra. The staging is being made possible thanks to the Arts Foundation of the Edna Manley College, in partnership with First Global Bank, and under the distinguished patronage of British High Commissioner, His Excellency David Fitton. Showtime 7pm.

TELEVISION: "Get ready!" she said. TALLAWAH bumped into the preternaturally gorgeous Keneea Linton-George (rocking a sizzling black-and-white ensemble and a bold red lip) at the NDTC's dance recital on Sunday evening at the Little Theatre, where she confided that the sparkling new season of Mission Catwalk (fantastic number four) is all set to bring another round of fierce fashion frenzy to living rooms via Television Jamaica. The runway opens Sep. 20.

FESTIVAL: Jamaica doesn't lack for exciting outdoor festivals, but since its 2012 inception, Gungo Walk has managed to set itself apart with a refreshing and outside-the-box spin on the live music, spoken award and great outdoors triple threat. The formula is coming back to delight loyal patrons on September 6, when the fest returns to the grounds of the Edna Manley College, with a spirited organizing team, led by Michael Sean Harris, Michael Holgate and Stephanie Wallace-Maxwell a triple threat in their own right.

ICON: On April 27, as part of 106 & Park's first-ever Caribbean Carnival takeover episode, Wayne Marshall will make his debut appearance on the BET network's flagship entertainment programme, further proof that his international star is on the rise. Marshall, who was on tour earlier this summer with Stephen Marley, is also set to unveil his latest vid, Go Harder, which features contributions by Cham, Wacka Flocka Flame and Ace Hood. But before then, a sizeable crowd is expected to be in the house when Wayne officially launches his album Tru Colours inside Chris Gayle's Triple Century sports bar on Wednesday, August 20. 

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