Wednesday, 28 June 2017

CULTURE VULTURE: Lorna Goodison for WLI fundraiser + JCDC presents Best of Festival series + The Phoenix Awards take centrestage

BUILT TO LAST: It’s been 18 years since David Tulloch started Probemaster Entertainment, the production company through which he’s produced some of the finest stage plays local and Diaspora-based audiences have witnessed in the modern era. To celebrate the milestone, Tulloch and his team will host a small prize-giving ceremony – The Phoenix Awards – at the Phoenix Theatre (Haining Road, New Kingston) on Monday, July 3, commencing at 7pm. Probemaster will be honouring key industry players with awards and other tokens of gratitude. Casting an eye over the last decade and a half, Tulloch feels his professional life in theatre (coupled with the evolution of Probemaster) has grown leaps and bounds. “I can definitely chart growth. I used to have to beg for benefits [for my shows], now people call me for benefits,” the playwright-producer tells TALLAWAH, citing just one example. “It’s overwhelming when you think about it, but I’m humbled and grateful for the support and all of God’s mercies.” 

WOMEN ON A MISSION: TALLAWAH’s June cover star, Lorna Goodison, wasn’t kidding when she told us that she has packed schedule for the rest of the year, given all the projects she wants to embark on as she settles into her three-year tenure as Poet Laureate. In July, Goodison is teaming up with the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) to raise funds for kids with kidney disease. The WLI is putting on a fundraiser, dubbed Tea & Tales, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on (Sunday, July 9), with Goodison (who will read from her acclaimed body of work) and songstress Della Manley (who will render selections from her repertoire) as the headliners. For tickets call 960-3170 or 960-5308. 

GOLD STANDARD: Every year, there are highlights aplenty in the JCDC Festival of the Performing Arts, especially among the crop of entries that make it into the National Finals. To this end, the JCDC is treating Jamaican culture lovers to the Best of Festival 2017, a performance showcase spread across five nights, featuring the year’s top performers and performances. Patrons can expect non-stop entertainment when they take their seats inside the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre to catch the best of music (Tuesday, June 27), drama (June 28), traditional folk forms (June 29), speech (June 30) and dance (July 1). Showtime nightly 7pm.

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