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Basil Dawkins' Hot Spot Joins Caribbean Writers Series

Playwright Basil Dawkins signs a copy of Hot Spot for director Yvonne Brewster

The prolific Basil Dawkins has joined the short list of published Jamaican playwrights. His 2005 award-winning play Hot Spot joined the Caribbean Writers Series last year and received its first public outing as a part of the 2015 Kingston Book Festival, on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Kingston Book Fair.

Hot Spot, originally published by Pearson, joined the list of titles, including those of Trevor Rhone, acquired by Hodder Education. The play premiered in 2005, running at the Little Little Theatre for over a hundred performances. The original cast featured the late Charles Hyatt as Greg, Marguerite Newland as Bev, Zandriann Maye as Girlie and Volier Johnson as Big Chef with direction by Buddy Pouyatt. 

“Hot Spot is a play for our times of wasted resources and over-engagement with values foreign to the Jamaican culture,” says director Yvonne Brewster in her introduction. Hot Spot was one of the few plays to receive a gold medal from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s literary awards.   

The Caribbean Writers Series consists of a wide range of classic short stories, novels and plays from across the region.