Chops held over
Sealy-Smith play linking local theatre and tourist entertainment
Barbados’ first play in a nightclub, Alleluia Pork Chops, is being held over another week.
With accolades like “original”, “energetic”, “innovative”, and “with acting of a very high quality”, the inaugural play of The Gap Theatre, features the crème de la crème of Barbadian acting talent, including Alison Sealy-Smith, Tony Thompson, David Neilands, Nala – The $2 Philosopher, Ayesha Gibson-Gill, Dyrstra Browne, Michael Cheddi Taitt, Levi King and Carolyn Brathwaite and is intended to bridge the gap between local theatre and tourist entertainment.
Staged at the Reggae Lounge, Alleluia Pork Chops, which was originally scheduled to take place from March 6 to 28, will now also being advertised to be held on April 3 and 4.
With complimentary rum punch and proper pork snacks as well as DJ music before and after the world class theatrical production, patrons are promised a great evening of Barbadian entertainment. Producer, Alison Sealy-Smith has declared that Alleluia Pork Chops “celebrates us-ness” with portrayals of the rich and varied writings of four Barbadian literary icons and the lyrics of a cultural genius.
“All in one night you can relax into the romantic musicality of John Wickham’s Alleluia Morning, savour Austin “Tom” Clarke’s sensual Culinary Memoir, Pigtails and Breadfruit and be hugely amused by Timothy Callender’s hilarious late night revelation of a drunken man’s conversation with Nelson’s statue on Broad Street,” says Sealy-Smith.
“You will get carried away by the poetic rhythmical imagery of Kamu Brathwaite’s The Arrivants and Mother Poem, depicting images from Columbus to cricket, all brought to a fitting close by a stirring spoken word rendition of Dr Anthony Gabby Carter’s classic calypso Culture.
This is all woven together with singing, dancing and even a bit of acrobatics in this production directed by the gifted Amanda Cumberbatch with comparisons being made to the work of Barbados’ foremost theatre director, the late Earl Warner.
The Gap Theatre is a new company led by internationally renowned actress Sealy-Smith, choreographer Rosemary Neilands and well-known businessman and actor, David Neilands. The play runs this Thursday and Friday at 7.30 p.m.