August 1st 1834. The Africans converge on the Treasury Building in Port of Spain. From all over the island, they assemble to hear the Emancipation Proclamation being read. They are determined that the nightmare of enslavement against which they had fought so relentlessly MUST end. “Pas de six ans”! “No more six years”! was the refrain. They will not agree to the proposed period of apprenticeship…
The emotive and highly charged play ‘Freedom Morning Come’ will be showcased on Emancipation morning, August 1st, at the Treasury Building in Port of Spain at 6am. Members of the public are also welcome to walk with their offerings and take part in the Drum Call and Ritual for the Ancestors. These take place before the play begins from 4am at All Stars Pan Yard and then proceeding to the Yoruba Village, Besson St.
The stories that will be revealed are all rooted in historical reality. The entire play owes much to the pioneering research by acclaimed Trinidadian scholars, Professor Maureen Warner Lewis and Dr Hollis Liverpool. The stellar cast is led by Trinidad’s Grand Dame of theatre, Eunice Alleyne. Other actors include Brendon La Caille, Muhummad Muwakil, Camille Quamina, Tishanna Williams, and Makesi Algernon, with Dara E. and Christopher Sheppard as actors, choreographers. The play is full of pain and pathos. Through it all however, a sense of humour and the spirit of survival shine through.
‘Freedom Morning Come’ is written and directed by Eintou Pearl Springer and is supported by Executive Producers, the Emancipation Support Committee.
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