Pan­tomime Pre­mieres

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Nasha Smith

Aver­i­ta­ble who’s who of St Lu­cia gath­ered on Thurs­day evening for the cham­pagne gala which marked the open­ing of Derek Wal­cott’s Pan­tomine at San­dals Grande’s Pal­la­dium.

The play cen­tres on Bri­tish per­former turned Tobago guest house owner, Harry Trewe and his re­luc­tant manser­vant Jack­son Phillip, a for­mer pan man/calypsonian. Trewe is fix­ated on the idea of a Christ­mas panto based on the ad­ven­tures of Robin­son Cru­soe and Fri­day, in a last gasp ef­fort to at­tract guests to the de­serted es­tab­lish­ment. Hi­lar­ity en­sues when Phillip, at first ut­terly resistant, runs wild with the con­cept, in­cor­po­rat­ing the master-ser­vant re­la­tion­ship, racial prej­u­dice, and cre­ole ver­sus clas­si­cal act­ing.

Judg­ing by the pos­i­tive re­ac­tion to the witty ban­ter, the crowd got its money’s worth, and then some. Ku­dos to the pro­duc­tion crew for an op­er­a­tion which ran like clock­work, com­menc­ing the sec­ond the al­ways punc­tual Gov­er­nor Gen­eral ar­rived, and who was then seated close to Wal­cott him­self. Cu­ri­ously ab­sent was a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the of­fice of the prime min­is­ter who were, iron­i­cally, spon­sors. Or even the over­ated Min­istry of Cre­ative In­dus­tries?

The play con­tin­ued last night and will have a fi­nal per­for­mance this evening Novem­ber 15 at the San­dals Grande. Tick­ets are avail­able at all branches of 1st Na­tional Bank, out­lets of The Cell, and Land­mark Events. Show­time is 8pm nightly.

When the ser­vant be­comes the master, and the master the ser­vant. In this scene from Pan­tomime the master Harry Trewe

takes on the roll of the ser­vant while Jack­son the ser­vant de­lights in this role

re­ver­sal. (Photo by Bill Mort­ley)

Nobel Lau­re­ate Derek Wal­cott sits among guests at the gala open­ing of his play

Pan­tomime on Thurs­day. (Photo by Bill Mort­ley)

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