‘The Deep Blue Sea’ this Sun­day at Palace Cine­plex

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S.F.C Crew Pro­mo­tion, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Char­maine and Soupy, present Bub­ble Gal a Bub­ble, lun­cheon and af­ter party at Echo Night­club, Port­land. Menu: ox­tail, cur­ried goat, cow head, tripe and beans, fried and bar­be­qued chicken, es­cov­eitched and steamed fish and stewed pork.Cost: $700 for ox­tail and fish, $500 for other meals. Han­del and Horn present Uppa Level at Vinny Samp­son place, Cheap­side. Fea­tur­ing En­ergy Zone.

Stop the Vi­o­lence Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is at Bour­bon Beach, Ne­gril. Fea­tur­ing Cul­ture, Ras Zacharri, Aba­jonai Kushites, Fi­lantro lavah, Lexi, Clas­sic B, Chicken Hawk, Larry Smoove. Speak­ing out against vi­o­lence and pro­mot­ing ed­u­ca­tion. Rae Town Jam­boree at Rae Town Foot­ball Field. Fea­tur­ing Gully Bop, Tur­bu­lence, Baby Tr­ish, Sta­cious and many oth­ers. All pro­ceeds go to­wards the Par­adise Street Ba­sic School. Raul and Tav present 14th An­nual Christ­mas Party, a day and night event, at The Su­per Store, Al­li­ga­tor Pond Square. Mu­sic by DJ Fat­nine, DJ Sk­ibbu, Mighty Rock, Hot Cash and Crawbi, and Whench Killa. He­len McCory stars as Lady Hester Col­lyer and Peter Sul­li­van as her hus­band in ‘The Deep Blue Sea’.

J’can quar­tet for Mi­ami Book Fair 2016

“This pro­duc­tion is a stand-out.” – The Times “He­len McCrory blazes.” – Guardian

TER­ENCE RATTIGAN’S dev­as­tat­ing mas­ter­piece The Deep Blue Sea is cen­tred around one of the great­est fe­male roles in con­tem­po­rary drama.

Olivier Award nom­i­nee He­len McCrory and di­rec­tor Car­rie Crack­nell re­unite for this play, fol­low­ing the ac­claimed Medea, which screened at Palace Cine­plex in 2014.

It’s a sad fact of ro­man­tic math­e­mat­ics that two doesn’t go into three. No­body knows that bet­ter than Sir Wil­liam Col­lyer, his wife, Hester, and her lover, Freddie, three of the lead char­ac­ters in Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea.

Set in 1952 at a flat in Lad­broke Grove, West Lon­don, Lady Hester Col­lyer, the main char­ac­ter (played by McCory), is found dur­ing the open­ing scene by her neigh­bours in the af­ter­math of her failed sui­cide at­tempt.

The story of her tur­bu­lent af­fair with a for­mer Royal Air Force (RAF) pi­lot who is an al­co­holic and the break­down of her mar­riage to a High Court judge be­gins to emerge. With it comes a por­trait of need, lone­li­ness and long-re­pressed pas­sion.

Be­hind the frag­ile ve­neer of post-war ci­vil­ity, burns a bru­tal sense of loss and long­ing.

STRONG ROLE

English ac­tress, He­len McCrory, is well known to theatre and cin­ema go­ers for play­ing strong women in her roles as Medea in the play of the same name and Cherie Blair in both The Queen and The Spe­cial Re­la­tion­ship. She also por­trayed Nar­cissa Mal­foy in the fi­nal three Harry Pot­ter films, Mama Jeanne in Martin Scors­ese’s fam­ily mys­tery film Hugo and Clair Dowar in Sam Men­des’ Sky­fall.

Also star­ring in Deep Blue Sea are Tom Burke (The Mus­ke­teers, War and Peace) as Hester’s lover and Peter Sul­li­van (The Bor­gias) as her hus­band. The pro­duc­tion team in­cludes Tom Scutt (de­signer), Guy Hoare (light­ing de­signer, mu­sic) Stuart Earl (sound de­signer), Peter Rice (move­ment di­rec­tor), Polly Ben­nett and fight di­rec­tor Kate Wa­ters.

The Na­tional Theatre’s pro­duc­tion of The Deep Blue Sea, recorded live and made avail­able to cin­e­mas around the world, can be seen at Palace Cine­plex this Sun­day, Novem­ber 13. NT Live is the Na­tional Theatre’s ground­break­ing ini­tia­tive to broad­cast theatre live from the stage to cin­e­mas around the world. Each per­for­mance is cap­tured and broad­cast live (or ‘as live’, de­pend­ing on lo­ca­tion) via satel­lite to more than 2,000 venues in more than 40 coun­tries.

Tick­ets are on sale at the box of­fice, Palace Cine­plex, and via the web at www.palacea­muse­ment.com, with a Palace Card or any ma­jor credit card. THE 2016 Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Book Fair will fea­ture a record num­ber of Ja­maican au­thors. The mas­sive fes­ti­val will have a strong Ja­maican flavour this year, in­clud­ing a panel fo­cused on con­tem­po­rary Ja­maican writ­ing named ‘Read­ing Ja­maica: Fresh Po­etry and Prose’.

The panel, set for Saturday, Novem­ber 19, at 4:30 p.m., fea­tures a strong ar­ray of writ­ers. It was or­gan­ised by the book pro­mo­tions NGO Read­Ja­maica and is set to be one of the riv­et­ing mo­ments of the fair.

Poet Tanya Shirley has been de­scribed as a poet who cap­tures the ex­u­ber­ance, pas­sion and bro­ken­ness of con­tem­po­rary Ja­maica. Her ac­claimed sopho­more col­lec­tion, Mer­chant of Feath­ers, was longlisted for the 2015 Bo­cas Prize for Caribbean Lit­er­a­ture. Well­re­spected and cel­e­brated poet and nov­el­ist Ge­of­frey Philp will be shar­ing his highly an­tic­i­pated col­lec­tion of po­etry, Let­ter from Marcus Gar­vey, with the au­di­ence.

Two award-win­ning nov­el­ists will round out the panel. Garfield El­lis was the first re­cip­i­ent of the Una Mar­son Award for Lit­er­a­ture, a prize for which his touch­ing, hu­mourous and most re­cent novel The An­gel’s Share was short­listed. The fi­nal au­thor on the panel, A-dZiko Simba Gegele won the Burt Award for Caribbean Lit­er­a­ture (2014) with her novel All Over Again. The hi­lar­i­ous novel was also longlisted in the 2015 In­ter­na­tional Im­pac Dublin Award.

“It feels like a real hon­our to par­tic­i­pate in this mas­sive event with such a di­verse group of au­thors and such a di­verse au­di­ence,” said Simba Gegele.

In ad­di­tion to her par­tic­i­pa­tion on the Garfield El­lis

Read­Ja­maica panel, Simba Gegele is one of three writ­ers from the English-speak­ing Caribbean read­ing to young adult au­di­ences. Simba Gegele and fel­low Burt Award win­ner Guyana’s Imam Baksh (Chil­dren of the Spi­der) are on the im­pres­sive ros­ter of chil­dren and YA au­thors read­ing on Sun­day, Novem­ber 20, 2016 (at 3:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., re­spec­tively).

BOOK PARTY

Along with its pres­ence at the fair, Read­Ja­maica will also be en­gag­ing in a tar­geted en­gage­ment of the Ja­maican di­as­pora though a ‘book party’ hosted by the Con­sul Gen­eral to Ja­maica. This year’s stag­ing of the an­nual book party will be held on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 17, at the Con­sul Gen­eral’s of­fices in down­town Mi­ami.

The book party will also fea­ture read­ings by Shirley, Philp and Simba Gegele as well as chil­dren’s au­thor Hope Barnett. Barnett’s de­but novel No Girl Like Amanda, won the BIAJ Na­tional Book Award for best chap­ter book (2013).

The Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Book Fair opens on Sun­day, Novem­ber 13, with the main street fair and most read­ings tak­ing place Fri­day, Novem­ber 18 to Sun­day, Novem­ber 20. Read­Ja­maica will also host a tent at the street fair sell­ing books from sev­eral Ja­maican writ­ers and pub­lish­ers.

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