Shakespeare in Paradise - From Paradise to Prague: Bahamians in Bohemia
Shakespeare in Paradise Contingent of Seven Represent
Ringplay Productions and The Bahamas
in The Czech Republic
There’s something about capital cities. They
are oft regarded as the hearts of nations – the culturally beating
centres intended to confirm for locals and introduce to visitors the
essence of a country. They don’t hold the whole of a nation’s story but
theirs is a significant contribution to the overall landscape of what
defines a country. In this regard, Nassau is no exception; neither is
After 10 years of declaring and demonstrating that The Bahamas is an
ideal place for a Shakespeare theatre festival, Dr. Nicolette Bethel,
Shakespeare in Paradise (SIP) Co-founder and Festival Director, led a
team of seven delegates to the annual Shakespeare Theatre Association
(STA) Conference in Prague, the city of a hundred spires. The capital
city of Czech Republic, Prague is best defined by its amazing
architectural nod to a storied past, crowded pubs, a vibrant theatre
scene and that undeniable, energizing buzz typically emitted by capital
The “Praguelodytes”, a term coined by SIP
Co-Founder and Ringplay Productions’ Artistic Director Philip Burrows,
also included Delores “Red” Adderley, Claudette “Cookie” Allens, Erin
Knowles-McKinney, Dario McKinney, Jovanna Hepburn and Patrice Francis.
They left Nassau on Thursday, January 3rd and arrived, via Atlanta and Amsterdam, in Prague on the morning of Friday, January 4th and
spent the next nine days being immersed in Shakespearean goodness:
joining Shakespeare theatre practitioners from around the world in
acting workshops, plenary sessions on artistic, educational and
management issues as well as performances in both English and Czech.
Both Dr. Bethel and Knowles-McKinney served as panellists on two
separate provocative discussions on “Shakespeare around the World” and
“Colour Conscious Casting” respectively.
Associate Artistic Director Erin
Knowles-McKinney remarked: “STA 2019 was an invigorating, inspiring
charge of theatrical energy I never knew existed. To say that I enjoyed
would be an understatement. I have found an added driving force behind
the title Associate Artistic Director and I am looking forward to SIP
2019 with an insatiable hunger.”
The nine-day conference culminated with a banquet in the Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle.
“It was so rewarding and fulfilling for all of us,” said Delores “Red” Adderley, Dundas Manager and Box Office Manager.
The contingent has returned home inspired
with a renewed commitment to produce excellent theatrical productions
both during the SIP Fall Festival and during the Dundas Repertory Season
which has just been revived by Ringplay. The inaugural production,
which ran for two weekends in January (18th – 20th and 25th – 27th ), was Trevor Rhone’s Smile Orange, directed by Anthony “Skeebo” Roberts.
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c/o The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts, 103 Mackey Street