Bajan Book turned play runs in Canada before homeland

I am glad for ex-CBC General Manager Austin “Tom” Clarke’s success in Literature & Theatre, what I want to know is why a book he wrote about Bim, now transformed into a play, runs over in Ottawa, then it’s shipped over to play here?

Toronto’s Obsidian Theatre Company and Barbados-based Frank Collymore Hall will present the world premiere of the West Indies-set The Polished Hoe, Feb. 18-March 4 in Canada.

Following its run in Toronto, the production will play Barbados in April, representing Canada’s cultural contribution to the World Cup of Cricket Championships, held for the first time in the West Indies.”

The work is drawn from the award-winning novel by Austin Clarke. It’s adapted for the stage by Colin Taylor in collaboration with Alison Sealy-Smith. The production features Sealy-Smith and Tony Thompson. Taylor directs.”

Is it not more appropriate to set it up here than run in Canada? At least Tony Thompson and ex-VOB Alison Sealy-Smith appear in it, next thing ya know? Jamaicans would be appearing in the production to give it real Caribbean flavour…

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