Friday, 23 September 2016

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK: 5 productions that could go all the way this awards season

ALL IN THE FAMILY: The Leonie Forbes-led Not My Child had strong acting and solid writing.

Last time we shone the spotlight on the actors and actresses we feel are the strongest candidates (so far) for nominations when the Thespy and Actor Boy nods are announced early next year. This week we highlight five productions that could be in the running:

It is always noteworthy when a group of strong actresses join forces in a production. Such was the case with Woman Tongue. Thanks to layered writing from Tanya Batson-Savage (Eugene Williams directed), the show’s six fine ladies were able to deliver consistently appealing stage work.

With its very accomplished cast, this tour-de-force drama, which mixed historical context with fictional narrative, won over audiences with robust performances (Nadean Rawlins and Paul Issa especially) and a storyline that took some intriguing twists and turns.

On the local scene, few playwrights can spin a thrilling kitchen-sink drama like David Tulloch, who continued his impressive track record with this deeply-felt, edge-of-your-seat exploration of relationships dynamics, power and greed.

In this creatively staged show, the Pantomime Company paid tribute, with rousing songs and dramatization, to iconic Jamaican women who paved the way for the present and future generations. Overall, a wholesome production that appeals to a wide cross-section of theatre-goers.

Theatre’s women continued their dominance of the season with this winning blend of poetry, monologues and character study. Zoning in on touchy but pertinent subject matter, the Julene Robinson-led cast explored everything from identity and sexuality to peer pressure and what it means to have family.

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