Theatre Arts Workshop – Sat 8th March, at EBCCI (SHAMELESS PLUG)

Barbados is on the verge of developing an important new cultural industry, and the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination is inviting all interested parties to an exploratory meeting, which focuses on the development of Theatre in Barbados on Saturday March 8th, 2008 from 10:00am to 5:30pm

Tel 417-4776/7 to register

We are specifically inviting directors, designers, choreographers, playwrights, lyricists, composers, arrangers, literary artists and professional actors to come together to share experiences and ideas on enhancing Barbadian theatre and furthermore to seek to combine resources and visions for the creation of a troupe of professional theatrical performers based in Barbados.

Our goal is to re-tell classic stories from a Caribbean aesthetic, and also to create new productions of Caribbean stories to enlighten and entertain the world.

The morning session will feature a presentation by our Visiting Lecturer, Nigerian Dr. Esiaba Irobi on ?Building a Theatre Culture,? followed by an interactive focus group session to identify and clarify the needs and to examine the current state of theatre in Barbados – its strengths and weaknesses and the opportunities available for enhancing our theatre productions.

The afternoon session will allow individuals to introduce themselves as well as lay the foundation for a sustainable theatre organisation. Also very welcome to attend are key supporters of live theatre who are interested in helping with fundraising and with the recruitment of volunteers to support this important cultural initiative.

The Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, UWI-Cave Hill Campus is already developing a theatre ensemble, which will be the nucleus for an international and multicultural/multiracial professional theatre company here in Barbados.

The company will produce plays of such high quality as seen on New York’s Broadway and at London’s West End. The ultimate intention of the EBCCI Professional Theatre Company is not only to cultivate a sophisticated theatre audience on the island but also to represent Barbados at major international theatre festivals in Canada, England, the USA and Australia, for example.

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