Absolute Theatre/Mona Heights School Linking Project
This British Council-funded project is a collaboration between Absolute Theatre; Godwin School (UK); Godwin's twin, Mona Heights Primary, as well as the nearby Mona High School; and the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts.
Following the success in 2002 of Absolute Theatre's production of The Crow Gate (a large scale modern opera with a specially commissioned script and modern, dance based music, created in conjunction with eight schools in the London Borough of Newham), Absolute Theatre is enthusiastic about the prospect of creating a piece of work to meet the objectives and aspirations of Godwin and itís partner school Mona Heights.
A professional production team, including Composer Simon Fraser, Creative Director Andrew Harries, and Playwright Peter Cann, who visited Jamaica recently, began the process by visiting and running workshops in the schools. The ideas and preoccupations brought to life by these sessions, together with extensive local and historical research, will form the basis of the script for the piece, a musical adventure story with elements of local history and culture.
Aims of the Project
We expect that the collaborative process of creating theatre will have a powerful impact on students and teachers, and help them with social and life skills including team work, creativity and self expression and presentation. Absolute Theatre's all-inclusive approach is designed to allow the input of teachers and students alike, and a wide range of students will be involved in the production - i.e. not just those who are featured onstage.
The production - tenatively titled 'Echo in the Stone' will:
- explore and celebrate areas of both common ground and cultural diversity
- explore the shared experiences, concerns and aspirations of the children taking part
- be mounted in Jamaica, but will also involve (most probably through the use of video and audio elements) pupils from Godwin.
WebI (web-eye) School Linking Pilot
September to December 2002
WebI was launched on Monday September 9, 2002 at the Courtleigh
Hotel & Suites. For more information on the project visit the WebI
page and see photos from the launch, or take a peek at some photos from the Environment photo shoot in the beautiful Blue Mountains.
The performing arts have delivered dynamic and positive results in
fostering and developing self-esteem, and self-awareness in inner-city
youth, as well as in the honing of talents (the Area Youth Project is
a great example). We believe the visual arts are capable of generating
equally significant results, and photography is the genre we have chosen
for our 2002/03 school linking project, WebI.
WebI will establish photography clubs at 4 pilot schools in the Corporate
Area, and Central and Western Jamaica. In collaboration with the Photography
Club of Jamaica and the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing
Arts, we have planned a programme which we hope to have a positive effect
on the development of photography in Jamaica as a profession, and as
an art form, while positively impacting the youth of Jamaica.
WebI aims to:
- Forge links between schools in Jamaica and the United Kingdom, leading
to an appreciation and understanding of different cultures
- Introduce photography and journalism, and show how we can use them
- Develop self-esteem, and critical faculties to appreciate different
Carl Campbell Dance Company 7: Respect Tour
Carl Campbell Dance Company 7 (CCDC7) will conduct a series of residencies
in Jamaican schools and colleges, from 3 to 28 February 2003. The residencies
will culminate in a sharing presentation at the Phillip Sherlock Centre
for the Creative Arts, on Wednesday 26 February. The schools participating
in the residencies include Clonmel Primary/Junior High and Epsom All
Age in St Mary, Excelsior and Tivoli High in Kingston, and the Edna
Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts.
CCDC7 Respect Jamaica tour members are: Carl Campbell (Founder/Artistic
Director), Deborah Biddulph and Karen Foster (Dancers) and Kathy O'Brien
(Administrator/Fundraiser). With this tour, CCDC7 will be celebrating
their 25th anniversary.
Jamaica Jubilee Photography Awards
20 February to 29 March 2002
The British Council organised the Jamaica Jubilee Photography
Competition to mark the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
II to Jamaica on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee. An exhibition
of selected photographs from the competition was mounted at the University
of Technology's Centre for the Arts. Tony Wong, grand prize winner for
his photo 'Jason' is pictured here showing off his winning entry. You
can click on the picture to visit our photo gallery, or view some of
the highlights of the awards ceremony by clicking on the links in the
Winners in the Children's Category (15
and under) are in italics.
Special congrats to our Grand Prizewinners,
Tony Wong and Kyle
- Jamaican Majesty
- Environmental Photojournalism
- "Visitors in Garbage Heap" - Rosa Lym
- "Untitled" - Conroy Thorpe
- Endemic and Endangered Species
- "Ringtail Pigeons" - Hugh Vaughan
- "Good Morning Anancy" - Kyle Wright
- "Jason" - Tony Wong
- "Baby Sitter" - Taneisha Richards
The following persons received Certificates of Honourable Mention,
and copies of "Photos and Phantasms", courtesy of the British Council:
- Marguerite Chambers - "Exuberance of Youth"
- Donnette Zacca - "And Still I Rise"
- Owen Minott - "Drummer Boy"
- Muna Issa - "Blue Mountain Peeks"
- Jasmine N'Toutoume - "Jus' Us"
- Roy Sweetland - "The Queens Theatre"
- Stuart Lacy - "Our National Bird"
- Lorna Morrison - "Jamaica Burning"
- Karen Weller - "Chapel in the Woods"
The judges were:
- Dr Petrine Archer-Straw, Art Historian
- Dr David Boxer, Curator of the National Gallery of Jamaica
- Ms Maria LaYacona, 1972 Silver Musgrave Medallist for Photography
- Mr Deryck Roberts, Advertising/Arts Consultant
- Dr David Smith, Managing Director, Business & Environmental Mgt
The exhibition was curated by Paula Daley, artist/lecturer at the Edna
Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts, and Andrew
Smith, President of the Photography Club of Jamaica.
The Grand Prize in the Adult Section was a return ticket to London,
courtesy of British Airways, and in the Children's Section -
Kodak photographic equipment, courtesy of Amalgamated Distributors
Limited, exclusive distributors of Kodak Products in Jamaica.
Other prizes included a return ticket to a Caribbean destination (Air
Jamaica), Books and 1-yr memberships with the Royal Photographic
Society, Weekend for a family of four at Starfish
Trelawny Beach, Book vouchers from Bolivar Bookshop and Gallery,
Weekend for 2 at Starlight Chalet and Health Spa, and an 'Adevnture
Weekend' for 2 at Windsor Research Centre in the Cockpit Country.
Travelling Light, and Into the West
24 November to 8 December, 2001
Council in Jamaica, in collaboration with the Jamaica School
of Drama, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts,
hosted a tour by the British Theatre Company Travelling
Light last year. The tour was a great success - some 1,000 schoolchildren
were enabled to see them perform free of charge, through local sponsorship,
and Director Greg Banks conducted workshops with students from the Edna
Manley College and Ardenne High School, and with teachers and storytellers
from across the island.
INTO THE WEST is a story of today, inspired by a legend from
Irelandís past. It was originally produced as a movie, with the same
name. The touring cast, which included 2 members of the original cast
who developed the script along with Banks, got great reviews in the
- "The performance was a cornucopia of wit, drama and action, with
an important message to boot."
- Sunday Gleaner, 16 Dec 2001
- "The music by Thomas Johnson was phenomenal." / "I found the
script a brilliant work of art, employing all the story-telling devices
and techniques in such a remarkably creative way."
- Weekend Observer, 7 Dec 2001
- "Every theatre practitioner in Jamaica should make it a point
of duty to see the show, it's sheer theatre magic."
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