NCF supports Kick Dust Productions’ bio-drama “The House Of Landship” set for National Heroes’ Weekend
by Bajan Reporter / April 8th, 2014
“There are few cultural art forms that are totally indigenous to Barbados and we must spare no effort to preserve and protect these national treasures for future generations”.
This assertion was made by Barbadian scriptwriter and director, Winston Farrell, whose award-winning theatre production, The House of Landship, has captured the true spirit of Barbados’ 150-year-old Landship movement.
The play, which received standing ovations during the 2013 Crop Over Folk Concert, went on to represent Barbados at Carifesta XI in Suriname. Most recently The House of Landship was awarded the Ville de Paris prize by ETC Cariabe for Best Non-Francophone Caribbean Play Text for 2013.
“We are using theatre to celebrate culture and heritage, to tell our story and generally contribute to social development of Bajans.” Farrell said about the play, which will be staged in association with the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) and the Ministry of Culture over the Heroes Day weekend at the Queen Park Steel Shed under the patronage of Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Hon. Stephen Lashley, M.P.
A portion of the funds received from the staging of the production, which runs from April 26 – 28 nightly at 8 p.m., will be donated to the Landship Association of Barbados.
The House of Landship is an award winning two-act play that explores the present state of affairs existing within the Landship Bimshire, the last remaining Landship on the island. The plot revolves around Amelda the only daughter of the ailing Commander who is struggling to keep the movement afloat as the ship seems destined to sink. Amelda must confront a crew who is demanding change while also dealing with the challenges of raising two teenage children.
PREPARING YOUNG BARBADIAN ACTORS FOR THEATRE WORLD STAGE
The House of Landship is also playing its part to develop Barbadian youth with a future in theatre. Farrell said the Barbados theatre movement was alive and growing and that further investment was needed to facilitate productions such as this to give our youth a chance to develop their talents.
“This production gives an opportunity to some of our young thespians pouring out of the Barbados Community College (BCC) and the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI) theatre arts programmes the opportunity to develop their craft alongside some of our more experience practitioners. It certainly allows Kickdust productions and its team to continue contributing to the building up of a National Theatre that reflects with pride our journey as a people.” Farrell asserted.