Jamaican Theatre (Paperback)

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The late Wycliffe Bennett (1922-2009), widely regarded as the godfather of the Jamaican theatre in the second half of the twentieth century, brings all his experience and insight to this last, formidable production. Wycliffe Bennett saw almost every theatrical production of note in this period, directed some productions himself, and, in addition, worked as a manager and trainer in speech, radio and television. His wife, Hazel co-author of this liberally illustrated work, adds her skills as documentalist and witness. Together, the Bennetts have produced the first hook of its kind, a panorama of performance, from the imported touring companies and fledgling local elitist groups of the 1950's and 1960's to the birth of the Little Theatre Movement during the war years; from the small, ambitious groups of the 1950's and 1960's to the thriving commercial "roots theatre" of the new century.

The hook also chronicles the development of drama on radio and television, and Jamaica's small but important film industry. In extensively documenting and analysing dance, it considers modern foundation groups like Ivy Baxter and the National Dance Theatre Company, as well as their precursors and myriad offspring. A pioneer of the Jamaica Festival movement, Wycliffe Bennett describes it from the inside, culminating with eyewitness accounts of the spectacular Caribbean Festival of the Arts, Carifesta '76 over which he presided. As well, the authors treat music in all its variety, from classical through the Frats Quintet to reggae.

There are also sections by experts in their fields: Yvonne Jones Brewster writes (in Theatre 77 and the Barn Theatre; Dr Maria Smith examines Revival; Barbara Requa discusses dance techniques; and Mary Brathwaite Morgan considers the golden age of drama at the University of the West Indies.

  • Genre: Performing Arts, History
  • Subgenre: Caribbean + West Indies / General, Theater / History + Criticism
  • Language: English
  • Release Date: February 28, 2011
  • Date Published: February 28, 2011
  • Author: Hazel Bennett , Wycliffe Bennett
  • Online Item #: 13250149
  • Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-60-2046
  • ISBN: 9789766402266
  • Item can be gift wrapped.
  • Made in the USA or Imported


Book Subgenre : Caribbean + West Indies / General, Theater / History + Criticism
Item Type - Electronics. : Books
Pages : 362
Format : paperback
Publisher : Univ of West Indies Pr
Language : english
Book Genre : Performing Arts, History

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