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|**Diary of Souls**: New Bahamian Play Tackles Prejudice|
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|Posted by:||Mar 8th 2005, 02:08:29 pm|
|Fig Tree News Team||Still high off its international tour, Track Road Theatre opened its Nassau performances of Dr Ian Strachan's "Diary of Souls," Friday at the Dundas Centre.
In November Track Road Theatre visited the UWI Cave Hill campus to perform Diary of Souls. Robert Leyshon, the Director of the Cave Hill Theatre Workshop at the University of the West Indies, called Diary of Souls a "compelling and beautifully crafted work for the theatre." "Like all the best plays," he added, "Diary of Souls works on more than one level. [It is] a play about the Caribbean, [but] it is also a drama with global relevance."
"This international tour was a serious test of character," said Ian Strachan, who serves a chairperson of the School of English Studies at The College of The Bahamas. "We showed up to the airport on Wednesday November 10 to start our journey to Bridgetown, Barbados. We got there only to discover that one of our actresses - a new addition to our group - had not shown up. We heard nothing from her and still haven't. We asked Juanita Kelly to step in, learn the role and join us on Friday November 12 in Barbados. She studied the part for the next three days and she pulled it off! That first performance was intense. We used all the nervous energy and gave an impassioned performance."
Track Road's performance garnered a two-page spread in The Barbados Advocate on Sunday November 14. Nigel Wallace of The Advocate called the performance "absolutely breathtaking." Of Juanita Kelly's performance, Wallace had this to say: "Kelly with only three days to prepare, performed flawlessly and brilliantly, to the point that her monologue regarding her existence, placed a shroud on the theatre and brought tears to the eyes of the audience members gathered."
Slated to perform in Hampton, Virginia, in April and in the Dominican Republic in June, Dr Strachan says this period is truly a coming of age for Track Road. "We are really on the verge of a major breakthrough. I can feel it. Not just a national breakthrough, but an international breakthrough." Diary of Souls runs March 4-6 and 11-12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Dundas Box Office.
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