Veteran actor Brendon Lacaille will lend his considerable acting talents to the role of the Pierrot in ‘Kambule’ this year. Lacaille, traditionally commanding in the role of the Governor, will take up the challenge of one the Griots of the piece, playing next to the equally formidable Muhammad Muwakil who has placed his signature style on the role over the years. Young actors Makesi Algernon and Shanya Springer will take on the roles of the Governor and Cariso Jane respectively, while noted dancer and choreographer Christopher Sheppard brings his expertise to the team once more.
These are just some of the exciting changes and developments in the play this year, as Director and Playwright Eintou Pearl Springer works her creative magic to weave and bring to life this important story of Trinidad and Tobago.
‘Kambule’ play documents the victory by stick fighters over the colonial administration to save the Carnival of the ordinary people which we still enjoy today. Historically known as Camboulay or Canboulay, Eintou decided to change the name of her play to ‘Kambule’ the Kikongo word for procession.
We acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all of our cast and crew and sincerely thank them for their support over the years, including Norvan Fullerton and Louis McWilliams of the original cast. Our deepest thanks also go to Mr. Don Sylvester, Deputy Chairman of the National Carnival Commission (NCC), and the rest of its Executive and Staff for their ongoing partnership and collaboration with us.
‘Kambule’ takes place on the Piccadilly Greens, Port of Spain at 4.30 am on February 13th, Carnival Friday morning. We look forward to welcoming you all as the stick fight chant says – ‘half past four to five in the morning!’
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