The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

The Cas­tries Cen­tral Li­brary was the venue for the launch of Hay­den Forde's Silent Scars and other plays on Wed­nes­day night. Many per­sons from the theatre and arts fra­ter­nity were on hand to cel­e­brate this land­mark achieve­ment by the vet­eran play­wright and di­rec­tor. His Gem­stones Theatre ac­tors were present and per­formed ex­cerpts from the plays in­cluded in the col­lec­tion. Broad­caster Jerry Ge­orge was mas­ter of cer­e­monies for the even­ing.

Guest speaker Ken­del Hip­polyte, who is a poet, play­wright and di­rec­tor, re­minded the au­di­ence that ex­cept for the Wal­cotts, Stan­ley French and Gan­dolph St. Clair, not many lo­cal play­wrights have pub­lished their plays in book form. He praised Forde's coura­geous and tena­cious com­mit­ment to lo­cal theatre, de­spite many dif­fi­cul­ties.

Sev­eral per­sons from the au­di­ence, in­clud­ing ac­tors Ras Is­ley and David McLen­non, paid tribute to Forde and cred­ited him for their in­volve­ment in theatre.

Hay­den Forde (pic­tured) was treated to per­for­mances of plays from his new col­lec­tion.

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