Diary of Souls: Ringplay Season's Second Production
Diary of Souls
Opens Friday February 21, 2020
Directed by Nicolette Bethel and Renee Caesar with T-Day Pierre Jeudi, Sony Jean-Jacques, Esther Louis,
Brentwood Burrows, Cade Darling, and Shireen Seymour
The 2020 Ringplay Repertory
Season opened on January 24th and runs through June 7th, again with five
Ringplay Productions is pleased to announce the second of these plays to be presented in the Repertory Season:
Ian Chinaka Strachan's Diary of Souls
A story buried in the sand for almost three decades.
Diary of Souls
by Ian Chinaka Strachan debuted to critical acclaim on July 1, 1999 at
the C. W. Sawyer Primary School. It has been performed in Nassau, Abaco,
Grand Bahama, Barbados and Louisiana, always with the same impact.
This February, Ringplay Productions revives the play for six performances in the Winston V. Saunders Theatre, February 21-23 and February 28-Mar 1, 2020.
Esther Louis, Cade Darling, T-Day Pierre Jeudi, Shireen Seymour,
and Sony Jean-Jacques Photo by Nicolette Bethel
"Official reports say that on July 10, 1990 the Bahamas Defense Force vessel, Yellow Elder, intercepted
a Haitian sloop and began to tow it into Blackpoint, Exuma. Reports say
the vessel capsized when the refugees panicked because the towline came
free and the boat dipped. Thirty-nine Haitians were buried in a mass
grave on Bitter Guana Cay, an uninhabited island. There were sixty-nine
survivors. A coroner's inquest was held in August of that year but none
of the Haitian survivors testified at the hearings because they had been
repatriated. The rumors on the streets and the confidential testimony
of eyewitnesses cntracidts the newspaper reports and the Inquest's
Many more people are said to have died. There is said to be another
gravesite. People are said to have been eaten by sharks: men, women and
children. Among the rumors are claims that some of the mutilated bodies
that were hidden from the public washed into the sea when they were
first buried because they were placed too near the shoreline. Some
Defense Force officers are said to have suffered serious emotional and
psychological distress after this event."
Ian Chinaka Strachan
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emotionally powerful account ... The action moves inexorably to mutual
spiritual forgiveness ... it should make all Bahamians feel
uncomfortable, as it is designed to do ..."
Jack Hardy, The Tribune,
Nassau, The Bahamas
is directly stabbing at the Bahamian collective consciousness ...
Strachan's dialogue in Diary of Souls is lyrical and striking, even
Christian Campbell, The Weekender,
The Nassau Guardian, The Bahamas
has managed to construct a drama with a strongly individualized voice of
its own ... its central theme is the vital need to enact rituals of
remembrance, to bear witness, never to forget the dead ... Diary of
Souls is a compelling and beautifully crafted work for the theatre."
Robert Leyshon, Cave Hill Theatre Workshop,
Ringplay Productions is a
repertory theatre production company whose mission is to further the
development of the arts in The Bahamas by presenting the best in
national, regional and world theatre. Imagined in 1998, it was
officially founded in 2001 by some of the most experienced Bahamian
theatre personnel. The company staged numerous productions since its
launch but is probably best known for its Shakespeare in Paradise
Theatre Festival which completed its 11th year in October.
"Respekte moun ki mouri! Peye nou sa ou dwe nou!"
Photo by Brentwood Burrows