Rain and adjustments – the shows go on

Yesterday we experienced heavy rain and wind that threatened to derail at least one production and stopped potential audience members, and even some ticket holders, from coming out to the other two productions but all performances went on as scheduled.

Our outdoor venue, The National Art Gallery, has a stage on the grounds with a tent that covers it while the audience sits under a covered porch. Even with that setup, the rain was so hard and wind so strong that it made it impossible to perform on the stage. A few smart people in the production team, determined not to cancel the performance, made the decision to move the production onto the porch. They rearranged the seating, the lighting and the sound and the performance of The World is my Home – The life of Paul Robeson proceeded to have its opening night performance to a very appreciative and sold out audience, thanks in part to the US Embassy.

Not too far away, the premiere performance of Dat Bahamian Ting was also taking place to small but also a very appreciative audience. Bahamians are notorious for not going out in the rain but a brave group did come out and they got to see an enjoyable performance at the Epworth Hall. Congrats to everyone involved. The photographs in this post are from last night’s performance. Pictured are cast members Joseph Thompson and Dana Ferguson in photos taken by David Burrows. Robin Belfield, author and director gave the audience a wonderful evening to remember. Dat Bahamian Ting has the night off but will be back on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

God’s Trombones also had its second performance last night and Pastor Mario Moxey and the cast did not disappoint. The crowd here was also small but those who were there got their money’s worth. Wednesday is the next performance of God’s Trombones and on that night the production moves to New Destiny Baptist Church with guest preacher, Bishop Delton Fernander.

Tonight, at The Hub, is the premiere of One Flesh while The World is my Home – The life of Paul Robeson will have its second of three performances at the National Art Gallery.

Box Office is at the Dundas for all Shakespeare in Paradise productions, Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm, Telephone: 393-3728 or 394-7179.

2 Replies to "Rain and adjustments - the shows go on"

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    Sheryl Moxey
    October 5, 2010 (7:52 am)
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    Congrats to the cast and production crew of “Dat Bahamian Ting”. My sister Margaret and I attended last evening and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The chemistry between the two cast members was really great. I’ll do my best to encourage everyone I encounter to try and take in one of the remaining performances.

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    Jo-Ann Ali-Nandalal
    October 5, 2010 (11:38 am)
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    I came from Trinidad to see Shakespeare in Paradise and I am so happy I made the effort. The three shows I have seen so far, “Woman Take Two”, “God’s Trombones” and “Dat Bahamian Ting”, were so different from each other in content but each gave the audience such a rich and authentic experience. “Woman Take Two” was a strong piece with characters that are so universal they could have just as easily been born in Trinidad. The audience surprised us by their utter involvement with what was going on the stage and their reactions and comments added to the experience.

    I saw the latter part of “God’s Trombones” and was moved by the joyous music and sermons, this coming from someone who is not a regular church goer. The congregations of the churches chosen for these performances are so fortunate to see their minsters and lay preachers shine in this show.

    “Dat Bahamian Ting” was a very funny, affectionate look at Bahamian life as seen through the eyes of a young English Methodist minister who falls in love with a Bahamian woman in his congregation. The actors playing the main characters were superbly suited to their roles and as the play ended we felt as though we had spent some time with friends. My only regret was that the audience was small. I spent a day traveling just to get here so it’s tough to understand why a little rain could be a reason to deprive yourself of these treats. Bahamians, get out your umbrellas and take it in – you will not be sorry.


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