-A L PI Idl LE I ~F AL U
WITH Carifesta just a few U U I 1
weeks away, there is a grow- I L I IK I I:
lng concern as to Guyana's
contribution and how this
will compare with what the
overseas participants will
'GEM' FOR CAR
There are Jamaica's RexGEM FOR CARI
Nettleford and Louise Ben-
nett razil and Venezuela The other day Corsbie
boast dazzling dance troupes Taitt regards "Convade" poke of the need for the
and Cuba's poets have aside play to move swiftly with
sumed international status. tity, expounding a sort of a minimum of delay between
There is one field, how- w e are co osit of all we shifting of ce .
ever, in which Guyana may have been" eteme in breath- ly this can o :over the
hardly be upstaged during less scenes #nifting from re- full .effect of the play.
the cultural bash scheduled ality to fantasy and then wright's desire to have his
for August 25 to September bck #gai, a whirling han~ fantasy and reality sequence
15 next. asrg a fat s so ty3mtl- rushing into one another,
Of all the performing arts of Harris. very much like a dreamer
tn Guyana, the theatre ai The nusic to a omoan awakening and suddenly
just about the most alive.. 1 n .finding himsel, in a different
And this has been so for- 1u iWl Productona of milieu.
many years. "Couvade" has been con-
With the falling away of. ceived from authentic Belize "To achieve bisye will
the trappings of colonialism Carib Indian motifs, worked makq use of the flying seen
and the attendant surge of on and elaborated by Joan cry system available at the
nationalism, an outcry for Gilkes, and enosen by the plgeuse," orbie said,
things Guyanese 'had posed author who believes that the Th here is that dream-
S;light threat to this art, as Carib Indian is the Carib. lke daphaous quality to
the local material desired bean man. capture for the fantasy
proved not good enough, Here, with cowbell and ptequence
what little there was of it. gourds and drums, producer sere we ,- eperiment
F'or while th local thea- H with lighting," Corsbie ex.
tre began to settle into a rut, pla ing stro
btut even there. the sOW re-i Ik, Ia Plalned, "'using strobe a n d
but even there. the 'glow re- a black and white combina-
fusd to be dImmed. tions to capture that wispy
Then came the Theatre soft texture, so wraithlike
70's, with a shining profes- inthat one is sure tlhat if he
aionalism enhancing metieu- reaches out to touch, it will
lous productions, pulling the Taitt has devised choeogra l just blow awav."
local theatre clead out of the by sing Amerdianj In. There will be just one in-
morasp into which it had be- an and dica 'c terval in tmh full length
gun to settle. Since Couva e' play
Theatre 70's realized that 4ependp aus o its v. The producers are npt yet
local plays were just "not u; preseton as pt the
there" and that only foreign players' techniques, ;ets and
material could provide the lighting are every bit as im-
shot in the arm which was portant as drawing the best
necessary. from the cast.
They began boldly with The sets and lighting are
"Zoo Story," and "The in the hands of Ken Qorsbie,
Dutchman" then "Bald who is fully aware of the
Prima Donna", all cerebral lavish care with which these
plays. daring in thepe and aspects of the production
n conception on the Play- must ,be handled.
The last Theatre tYO' pro-
Auction was 'The Thousand,'
with the innovative theatre
Happily, Theatre 70's
have been roped in by the
C4aifesta Committee and
they will produce "Michael
Gifkes's "Couvade" on the
.tage of the cosy Playhouse
in Kingston, Georgetown.
"This new play offers a
mass of opportunities for im- :
PfeSive theatrical effects, R
444- ,_art from the deeptO
M'Itie, offers a veiiele ;1
for etprts to show off tbifir
od e uoer cofi ngte .
titt 9i1 week.
S"CCouvade" is based on a
Wilson Harris short story
Wd the very mention of its
sQurce conjures up images
thrust upon you, tumbling
Ov;i each other in confusing
4 .ray with interpretation
-t being a coUlctive thing,
ift very much to the CLAIB lONTE TAITT and Ken Corsbie discussing the
"Tere is much double
tig,. with a .ordauitc e be-
co ang an Ashanti priest, a
hanman appearing later as a
politician and a pork-nocker
who Is metamorphosed into a
Tric lerca as t t lover,"
ready to announce the cast,
but they assure that t*he B yR
ers are among the ia 14.
All in all there Is 1tI.
doubt that "Couvade
be visually satiriinga
will provide much food .fo
thought to those thbtreo,
goers who always look for
a bit more than mi
Here, at least is one
tain gem in the gitta~g
coronet 'which will be the
Caribbean Festival ot Crea-
I tive Arts.
'~L~e~P~" pI"~"*" %A
Script of "Couvade".