A Caribbean Dream for students

A Caribbean Dream, a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was screened for school students for the first time today.

And based on the loud laughter from Providence School and St Winifred’s School pupils, they thoroughly enjoyed the local production.

The film was officially released in February this year and today’s screening was the first of many to come for students.

Producer Melissa Simmonds told Barbados TODAY: “It’s a big educational tour. It’s Shakespeare made more accessible. Shakespeare is so universal but to see Shakespeare reimagined in the Caribbean puts a whole different spin on it.”

From left: Producer of A Caribbean Dream Melissa Simmonds, Writer and Director Shakirah Bourne and Education Officer of Theatre Arts Debbie Bovell alongside students of Providence School.
Students of St Winifred’s School and Providence School during the screening of A Caribbean Dream.

“Today, for me, was the best screening we’ve had – and I mean we’ve had some really excellent screenings. They just laughed at all the right places; they went quiet in all the right places. The teachers seemed to love it and they were really laughing so much….All the hard work has come together,” Simmonds added proudly.

Writer and director Shakirah Bourne expressed the hope that the visuals, in addition to the story, would not only bring the language to life but give students a better understanding of the literature.

“I think that they’ll be inspired to probably tell their own stories, because you know Shakespeare has been around 400 years…and if they see something like Shakespeare being made accessible and being made modern with Caribbean content, I think that they’d be inspired to try to do their own films,” she added.

Movie screenings are expected to continue in September, with 25 schools coming on board.

The plot of A Caribbean Dream centres around the events of a Crop Over wedding during a full moon, with fairies causing mischief with the main characters – the couple and fishermen.

The film was a crowd pleaser not only in Barbados but in the United Kingdom as well. It won Best UK Feature Film at the London Independent Film Festival and Best International Film at the Charlotte Black Film Festival this year.

5 Responses to A Caribbean Dream for students

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince May 30, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    St Winifred….????

  2. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince May 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Of course ….

  3. ED Springer May 30, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Given that the population in Barbados is over 95% black, why are they no blacks in attendance for “A Caribbean Dream”, the re-imagining of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is still the intention to educate only whites, and continue to keep the masses down? were children from traditionally “black” schools invited to the screening of this play?

  4. Melissa Simmonds May 30, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Mr Ed Springer; what an absurd comment you make. Do you really believe The Ministry of Education would only approve white children seeing the film ? This film has been made for a wide and varied audience and many schools/ all of them have been invited by the Ministry and by ourselves. Film , theatre and the arts is enjoyed by many; colour of skin is irrelevant. This is one picture which actually has lots of mixed race children in it. Think more positively please .

    Thanks to Barbados Today for the excellent coverage. Much appreciated.

  5. sunshinecanada May 30, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    why they don’t teach them black history,


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