Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Review of the play by John Agard: Dream of Couvade
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Title: Review of the play by John Agard: Dream of Couvade
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Sunday Chronicle
Publication Date: 8/27/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199829
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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A review of the playby John Agard




THE purpose of CouRde
was to hand on the legacy of
the every new-
born child. All ancestors
were involved in ths dream
....the dream of Couvade."
So writes Wilson Harris in
a note to his story based on
the Carib myth of Couvade.
It was this story that inspired
the Michael Gilkes play.
Against a primeval, sur-
realistic and' eerie forest
background, the play touches
the inner landscape of our
sub-conscious selves.
We see Lionel, a sensitive
and anguished artist, seeking
to unify the multiple roots
of a complex, cultural. and
ancestral past.
In his painting, ROBE OF
ANCESTORS whose seed
grows painfully wiMhin him
like the child m his wife's
womb, Amerindian- 'and Ari-

can motifs exist together
with other ethnic echoes.
This tapestry of conscdioX
ness weaved 'by the visionary
eye is unfathomable to the
cynic, Arthur. But for ioaneI,
dreams are real, and he lis
tens to his dreams.
Springing from the eternal
pool of dream, the primal
reality of Couvade flows be-
yond logic's linear eye.
The dream of Couvade,
sleeper of the tribe, is a re-
generation of tribal consci-
ousness, every newborn child
becoming a vessel of the
tribe's cosmic and physical
Unraveling the tangible
roots ofm beneath socio-
logical reality, Couvade is the
gateway of space, timeless
ness, the all-eibraelng tao
where the ancestral vibra-

tions live in the being of new
men, where the physical
ster politician into bde
Almerindian shaman drama'
tees the imperfect voice o
a purer echo.
-The cast of Couvade is well
balanced and does justice to a
highly demanding and dig-
tubing play. The chsraaera

form an effective foi to each
other, with Anthony Stewart
offering a sensitive potrayal
of the tortured Lionel.
In Couvade Michael Gilkee
takes us on a journey beyond
the historical stasis of linear
reality. The dream of Coo-
vade, physically embodied in
the newborn child,offers hope
of a new conscioumneus.

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