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SHE Carribean Magazine - - CULTURAL NOTES -

he highly an­tic­i­pated Saint Lu­cian premiere of Hon. Derek Wal­cott's ‘O Starry Starry Night' cer­tainly lived up to the hype. War­wick Pro­duc­tions pre­sented the lat­est play by the Nobel Lau­re­ate which had its world premier in Es­sex Univer­sity's Lake Side The­atre.

Seem­ingly con­jured up by the Nobel Prize win­ner him­self, the skies were clear and the night crisp as his lat­est piece opened up to a packed house at Sa­maan's Park. The spe­cially in­vited guests, which read like a who's who of Saint Lu­cia, en­joyed a cham­pagne gala which fea­tured an art ex­hibit and the mu­si­cal stylings of Ma­mai Kweyol, prior to the main event.

And it was worth the wait. The story is set around the friend­ship of renowned artists Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gau­guin as they re­side to­gether in the French town of Ar­les in 1888. Brian Carter-Green does a bril­liant job of con­vey­ing the mad­ness of Van Gogh as he sinks fur­ther and fur­ther into the depths of de­bil­i­tat­ing para­noia. Wen­dell Manwarren is equally as riv­et­ing as Gau­guin, a man ex­as­per­ated by his be­lea­guered com­rade's con­tin­ued freefall. Saint Lu­cians should be es­pe­cially proud of lo­cal ac­tress Natalie La­Porte, the lone fe­male in the cast, who more than holds her own as pros­ti­tute Lotte, Gau­guin's even­tual lover. It all un­folds mas­ter­fully as the pair of painters fight, spend an ab­surd amount of time at a lo­cal café, and yes, prac­tice their craft. Fans of Wal­cott will def­i­nitely not be dis­ap­pointed by the lat­est ad­di­tion to a leg­endary ca­reer. The play trav­els to Trinidad and Tobago later this year.

The story is set around the friend­ship of renowned artists Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gau­guin as they re­side to­gether in the French town of

Ar­les in 1888

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