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 Junction Village Plays in Covid

Junction Village Plays in Covid

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By Sue-Ann Wayow

THE road to Junction Village began on March 27 at the Naparima Bowl in San Fernando and ended on on April 4 at Queen’s Hall, Port-of-Spain.

The play attracted many patrons and Covid-19 protocols were adhered to.

I was one of the few productions that took place at performance spaced through Trinidad and Tobago during the Covid-19 pandemic. During its run, 50% capacity were allowed but, a upsurge in Covid-19 cases has forced the Government to close all performance spaces.

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The production by Trinidad and Tobago playwright Douglas Archibald was hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts (MTCA) and Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell also attended on March 27.

It featured a 15-member cast by the National Theatre Arts Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NTAC). It is NTAC’s first show with a live audience since early 2020.

The comedy Junction Village is set in the 1950s during a traditional bongo night and tells the story of a village gathering to pay their respects to a stalwart from the community who is close to death.

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The setting and costuming was spot on for the designated period paying great attention to detail down to the wooden mirror on the wall.

Each character entrance was dramatic and all parts were played well. Themes of alcoholism, sex, friendship and family were explored. Added with music and dance, the two-hour production was more than the ticket price of $50.

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