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8 by 10 Theatre Festival x 3 Nights = 24 Dramatic Treats

Eight by Ten 2013

The sophomore Eight by Ten theatre festival has blossomed and multiplied proffering 24 plays across three nights. Having carved its name into the Jamaican landscape a great space for diverse, occasionally daring, and often experimental theatre, Eight by Ten, is set to take over the boards at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (University of the West Indies, Mona) September 26 - 28, 2104. This edition is promising to be the most outstanding yet.

Since its inception six years ago as a part of the urban arts festival Kingston on the Edge, Eight by Ten a night of ten eight-minute plays, quickly became a fan favourite. Last year, it transitioned into it’s own mini-festival presenting new plays as well as some of the best offerings from the previous years across three nights.

The 2014 edition is offering no repeats. Each night brings eight new plays by eight different directors. The impressive roster of talent includes  Trevor Nairne, Dahlia Harris, Patrick Brown, Jean Small, Nadean Rawlins, Pierre Lemaire, Rayon McLean, Barbara Gloudon, Michael Holgate, Brian Heap, Toni-Kay Dawkins, Peter Abrikian and Fae Ellington.  The productions also boast an array of talent to include Barbara McCalla, Jean-Paul Menou, Hilary Nicholson, Maylynne Lowe, Carl Samuels and Shanique Brown.

Eight by Ten is the brain child of Dr. Brian Heap, head of the Philip Sherlock Centre, who is elated by the growth of the festival and that through support from the CHASE Fund, it could swell even further.  

“The response was extraordinary,” Heap said of the first rendition of the Eight by Ten festival. “About eighty six theatre persons were involved, including nineteen directors, as well as actors and technical personnel, staging eight plays each night. The audiences loved the variety of what was on show” he said.

Eight by Ten 2014 is promising a slate of plays that include classical, traditional, experimental and alternative theatre. 

Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 6:00 pm. Patrons can buy tickets for each night, two nights or the entire season at J$1,500, J$2,500 or J$3500 respectively.