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||Guyana Chronicle, Monday, 18 August 2008, page 11
Legend of the Silk Cotton Tree
||Interview with Al Creighton provides information on Guyana's signal dramatic performance 'Legend of the Silk Cotton Tree,' conceptualised by Barrington Braithwaite, scripted and directed by Al Creighton, to be staged at CARIFESTA X 2008. Includes a synopsis of the play. Names of the cast and play venues are also included.
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||CARIFESTA X 2008
GUYANA CHRONICLE Monday, August 18, 2008
SCRIPT writer and DirectoA Creighton with cast members of The Legend of the Silk Co
says Al Creighton
FROM an idea by Guyanese Barrington Braithwaite, 'The Leg-
end of the Silk Cotton Tree' will be Guyana's signal dramatic
performance during the tenth Caribbean Festival of Arts
Scripted and directed by Al Creighton, the play was one of two
to be submitted after the artistic committee for CARIFESTA X
called for ideas to stage a new Guyanese play for the upcoming
The play dates back to the eighteenth century Dutch planta-
tion society and is steeped in Guyanese traditions and rituals, ac-
cording to Creighton, who also explained that it ventures into the
Creighton, in an interview with the Government Information
Agency (GINA) said the play presents an eighteenth century and
present day setting. There is a fictitious Dutch planter becoming
involved in occult and spiritualism matters to gain wealth and power.
In his plot to achieve this goal, he allies himself with an Afri-
can 'obeah' man who abducts and possesses a child which resulted
in the possession of a particular blood line in one present day fam-
When the contemporary family begins to recognize the pos-
session, they go back into the history of the family and realise
that they have to fight the age old possession, Creighton ex-
The cast includes a mixture of leading and new Guyanese the-
atrical actors such as Sonya Yarde, Neaz Subhan, Godfrey
Naughton, Richard Naraine, Jennifer Thomas, Lionel White, Ron
Robinson and Christina Basil.
The role of the Dutch planter is played by Ron Robinson who
explained that his character lived in the period of the 1763 Rebel-
lion, when the beliefs and myths about Dutch spirits were hidden
in the silk cotton.
Robinson expressed optimism that the play will be one of the
best to be staged during CARIFESTA X which will also include
some of the other top theatrical pieces from around the Caribbean.
"This has all the concepts of drama. It has drumming,
dancing, drama and historical weight, so a lot of the elements
of theatre and drama are right here in this production. Guyana
is going to be proud of this particular play and I think Al
Creighton has done a good job in this production," Robinson
Robinson, highlighting the impact CARIFESTA X has made to
theatre in Guyana, alluded to the rebirth of the Theatre Guild, and
the theatre training programme from which about 600 youths ben-
'That is going to pay off because they are already utilising the
skills they have learnt in preparation for CARIFESTA X. We in-
tend to keep them going and they will continue to apply those skills
they have learnt. I see that in the near future a lot of theatre hap-
pening in Guyana, Robinson said.
Subhan plays the role of Hubert who has returned to Berbice
after studying in England.
The Legend of the Silk Cotton Tree will premiere at the Linden
Concert Hall and School (LICHAS) in Linden on August 25, and
then move to the National Cultural Centre on August 29.
The production which is being rehearsed daily at Theatre Guild,
is being managed by Gem Madhoo who was also involved in the
recent production managers training programme. She explained that
Guyana had lost some of its enthusiasm because of the migration
of some of the best writers and actors, and as a result of the recent
training programme, "new energy" is likely to emerge.
Technical support for the production will be provided by the
new breed of support staff who recently benefitted from the train-
Artistic Director attached to the CARIFESTA Secretariat,