Andrea takes final bow
AN ICON of the entertainment and cultural industry has passed.
Andrea Gollop-greenidge, whose name is indelibly associated with theatre and the arts in Barbados, died on December 9 after being hospitalised for the previous ten days. She was 74.
Gollop-greenidge, who started her public service life as an information officer with Government Information Service, became one of the most famous comedic actresses on the local stage, all the while using her cultural acumen to help create the National Cultural Foundation (NCF).
She was one of the first cast members of the stage production
Pampalam which played at the then called Queen’s Park Theatre, now the Daphne Joseph-hackett Theatre, and she was noted for her characterisation of the nosey
Lick Mout Lou.
Gollop-greenidge will always be associated with Jeanette Layne-clark, Elombe Mottley, Nigel Harper, Cynthia Wilson and Alfred Pragnell, and was not only given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the NCF, but was conferred with the Order Of The British Empire, in 2010, for her contribution to the performing arts in Barbados.
Unique Bajan sense of humour
She was a central part of the “cantankerous” Bajan trio of characters – the well-known voices of Gwennie, Hushfield and Dora in Dumplings In De Stew on Rediffusion, played by Marvo Manning, Alfred Pragnell and herself.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley as she paid tribute said Gollop-greenidge symbolised all things authentically Bajan in the performing arts and theatre.
“Her passion for Barbadian theatre was matched by only a few. Her unique
ANDREA GOLLOP-GREENIDGE with her Lifetime Achievment Award which was presented in 2016.