Hundreds of expectant patrons gathered on Piccadilly Greens from as early as 4am on Carnival Friday to witness the return of the critically acclaimed play by Eintou Springer ‘Kambule, The Street Pageant’.
After showcasing a different production in 2010, the National Carnival Commission decided to support the return of Eintou’s highly successful play documenting the defiance of Trinidad stickfighters to a 19th century colonial regime. History notes an historic confrontation between the former enslaved and the British militia, which ensured that the Carnival celebration of the ordinary folk was not stopped.
The cast held the large audience comprising community members, returning nationals, local and international media and visitors spellbound for the duration of the play. Muhammad Muwakil and Sterling 'Gamma' Kent told the tale of ‘Kambule’ through their roles as the Pierrot, Keon Francis was the powerful Boisman Joe Talmana who motivates the stickfighters, Kenneth Alexis was the charismatic Chantuel, songbird Camille Qwamina played Jamette Woman Cariso Jane, Baby Doll was portrayed by Dara Healy and Eintou herself played spiritual elder, Ms. Edna. The role of the Governor was performed by Nigel Scott. Ajani Healy, Shomari Healy, Kayode Charles and Ire Charles of the Chibale Drumming Ensemble returned as lead drummers for the production.
As always, theatre stalwarts Tony Hall, Louis Mc. Williams and Norvan Fullerton gave their full support, working with the drummers and performing groups from San Juan, Belmont, Laventille and the UWI Centre for the Creative and Festival Arts, and with those who portrayed the British militia and the guests at the Governors’ Ball.
We at Idakeda wish to thank Executive Producers NCC, Associate Producer Norvan Fullerton, the community groups and drummers, the cast, stage management and technical crew – all who contributed to make this years’ show such a success.
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