O Starry Starry Night T
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