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Jamaican Delegation Heads to Caribbean Schools Drama Fest

Wi Love Wi Self - student actors preprare to represent Jamaica at Caribbean Fest

Armed with a devised theatre piece dubbed Wi Love Wi Self eleven student actors from across the island will be heading off to Barbados to represent Jamaica at this yea’s staging of the Caribbean Schools Drama Festival, December 8-15, 2013. The team is comprises  previous awardees from the Jamaica Schools Drama Festival and have been honing their craft through the festival’s performing arm the Jamaica Youth Theatre.

Wi Love Wi Self is a theatrical montage of dub poetry, skits, songs, and movement. Interestingly, the production is being directed by one of the group’s members Akeem Mignott who is currently a student at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Mignott was most recently seen on the commercial stage in Aston Cooke’s Internet Affair.

Mignott’s role as director, marks the strides that have been made through the Jamaica School’s Drama Festival and the JYT in honing the development of craft among its members, with their expanding their skills to include other elements of stage craft.

The cast of Wi Love Wi Self features six students from Ardenne High School (Jomo Dixon, Darian Reid, Johnique Francis, Chantae Martin, Jonathan Dwyer and Jadon-John Barton-Williams) as well as students from Munro College (Mandie Salmon) Mona High (Teona Wesley), Black River High (Jevone Andy) and Waterford High (Oleta Livermore and Raheem Wallace).

Wi Love Wi Self has been described as articulating self awareness, love, tolerance and acceptance and promotes social change.

The delegation will be led by Leading Quindell Ferguson, Chairperson of the Schools’ Drama Festival of Jamaica and playwright Aston Cooke who serves as facilitator of the Jamaica Youth Theatre. Funding for participation in the Caribbean Schools Drama Festival was made possible through the CHASE Fund.