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Mixed Company Yvonne Brewster

Mixed Company By Yvonne Brewster

Mixed Company by Yvonne Brewster

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As much an act of celebration and defiance as an important historical document, Mixed Company collects the earliest known Jamaican plays, preserving three unique voices that capture the spirit of a country fighting to gain its independence from colonial rule. Contains the plays The Creatures, Bedward and Maskarade.

Mixed Company Summary

Mixed Company: Three Early Jamaican Plays by Yvonne Brewster

In 2012 Jamaica celebrates the 50th anniversary of Independence. Mixed Company is a collection of three of the finest early Jamaican theatrical works, written for the most part before the dawn of Independence. Written in 1954 (The Creatures by Cicely Waite-Smith), 1960 (Bedward by Louis Marriott) and 1970 (Maskarade by Sylvia Wynter), the plays are examples of works conceived with a Jamaican audience in mind, a Jamaican audience conscious of the melting pot in which it lived. Each offers a unique perspective on the spirit of a people who held on to traditional beliefs and customs in the face of colonial opprobrium as the populace struggled to gain its political, social and cultural independence. Yvonne Brewster talks to Woman's Hour about Jamaican indpendence

Mixed Company Reviews

While [Mixed Company] constitutes a celebratory commemoration, it is itself a laudable act of salvage and transmission... an unusually lively reading experience... Maskarade's colourful, symbolic theatricality recalls Sean O'Casey or early Lorca. Bedward is classically balanced between prayer and cross-questioning; home truths bite with a bitter wit. Finally The Creatures describes natural amorality in the bird and the lizard, while in man's voice rises the tide of a lifetime breaking loose * The Times Literary Supplement *

About Yvonne Brewster

Yvonne Brewster is founder member of the Barn Theatre (Jamaica) and Talawa Theatre Company (UK) & has worked in theatre, film, television, radio, and universities as a director, lecturer and actor. She is a Fellow of Rose Bruford College, Central School of Speech and Drama and the Royal Society of Arts, a Licentiate of the Royal College of Music. She received the OBE for Services to the Arts (1993) and an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University (2001). She edited three collections in the Methuen series Black Plays.

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction 7 Yvonne Brewster Introduction to Maskarade 20 Sylvia Wynter and Yvonne Brewster Maskarade: A 'Jonkunnu' Musical Play 23 Sylvia Wynter Introduction to Bedward 137 Louis Marriott Bedward: A Play in Two Acts 140 Louis Marriott Melodic lines for songs by Noel Dexter 204 Introduction to The Creatures 211 Honor Ford-Smith The Creatures 223 Cicely Waite-Smith Notes on Contributors 254 Acknowledgements 256

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Mixed Company: Three Early Jamaican Plays by Yvonne Brewster
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