WE ARE FAMILY: JYT actors performing a scene from Demon In Me; (below) Tribe Sankofa members strike the winning pose.
The curtains came down on the 48th annual Tallawah drama festival at UWI Mona’s Philip Sherlock Centre on Sunday, with a splendid five-piece performance package and a delightful awards ceremony, during which the Jamaica Youth Theatre were once again crowned best-of-the-best, picking up trophies and plaques for best production, supporting actress (Mellisa Vassell) and outstanding use of music, for their thought-provoking, all-girls presentation Demon In Me – nothing scary, just some frighteningly realistic depictions of domestic and child abuse and the scourge of poverty.
Among the other standout awardees: the University Dramatic Arts Society (UDAS) earning honours for lead actor (Romaine Duncan), best new play, costume design, lighting design and director (Desmond Dennis) for their engrossing mini drama The Prophecy. Tribe Sankofa, which recently thrilled audiences with their Phoenix Theatre production A Tribe Ting, took home awards for best use of makeup and best group poetry for their hilarious choral entry “Vampires.”
> Here’s a quick rundown of the big winners in some key categories:
Best Production: Jamaica Youth Theatre, Demon In Me
Best Director: Desmond Dennis, The Prophecy (UDAS)
Best Actor: Romaine Duncan, The Prophecy
Best Actress: Jonique Francis, “It’s Human Trafficking”
Best Supporting Actor: Ryan Graham, “Family 2.0”
Best Supporting Actress: Mellisa Vassell, Demon In Me
Best New Play: The Prophecy
Best Off-the-Page: Irvine Hall, “It Was the Singing”
Best Spoken Word/Poem: Alexandra Gregory, “Pretty”
Best Group Poetry: Tribe Sankofa, “Vampires”
Best Sound: “Inside, Inside”, Expressionites
Best Music: Jamaica Youth Theatre, Demon In Me