KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaican production of “Wi Love Wi Self” directed by Akeem Mignott took 11 major awards, including that of Best Overall Performance, at the Caribbean Schools’ Drama Festival held in Christ Church, Barbados from December 8 to 15.
Eleven students from several local high schools represented Jamaica at the festival which also had participants from Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Barbados, Guyana, St Vincent, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Jamaican team also received awards for best ensemble acting, most creative presentation and best set design wile Outstanding Actress award went to Mandie Salmon while Akeem Mignott won the award for outstanding director.
While in Barbados, the Jamaican contingent also performed for students at the Alexandra School in the Saint Peter district and participated in cultural workshops and a Caribbean Youth Forum on Caribbean Single Market Initiative and Theatre Arts in the region.
The Jamaican delegation, led by playwright Aston Cooke who serves as Facilitator of the Jamaica Youth Theatre, included 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).
The trip to the festival, which was organised by the Barbados Association of Drama Educators, was made possible by sponsorship from the CHASE Fund.
For the original report go to http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jamaica-wins-Best-Performance-at-Caribbean-Schools–Drama-Festival