The Ashanti Footprints along with Byron Heavy Equipment and Trucking Services will host the Fyzabad Connection Theatre Company for workshops and performances in Grenada on June 30-July 2, 2016
On Saturday, 2 July, the play, ’De Roaring 70s’, is scheduled for the Hermitage Government School at 7.00 p.m. with the charge of $5.
The play is written by Zeno Obi Constance and directed by Kalifa Cross-des Etages.
De Roaring 70s covers the heady days of the Black Power revolution and its impact on the protagonists Ma Jacob and her two children Gerard (Jericho) and Beverly.
The play showcases the period as the society attempted to come to terms with the new awareness of Black dignity and the struggle for Black economic rights.
The play was first premiered in 1994 and was produced in New York in 2015 and in Trinidad in 2016.
The playwright, Zeno Obi Constance, is also the author of ‘The Man Behind the Music: The People’s Calypsonian’, a book which looks critically at the calypsos of Grenadian-born Calypsonian, Emrold Phillip, the prolific Brother Valentino.
Zeno is also doing a tribute concert to Brother Valentino in Trinidad next month.
Zeno has also dedicated his life to cementing in the Trinidadian psyche, the legacy of Grenadian-born Trade Unionist, Tubal Uriah Buzz Butler.
President of Trinidad and Tobago, Anthony Carmona, has commissioned Zeno to do a play commemorating the life of Uriah Butler in the streets of Fyzabad.
The Ashanti Footprints is a children’s performing group based in Upper St. John, St. Andrew. The group does singing, dancing, drumming, poetry, drama, stilt-walking and handicraft.
The Fyzabad Connection Theatre Company is based in Fyzabad, Trinidad and was founded in 1987, the alumni grouping of the Fyzabad Secondary school.
The company has to date done over 30 annual drama productions. They have been winners of the Best Village Folk Theatre Competition in 2008, and been in every final since 2003.
The school itself has been champions of the Secondary Schools Drama Festival a record 22 times and Caribbean Schools’ Drama Champions in 2000 in Jamaica.
The school also represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Barbados Arts Festival in 2009 and Carifesta in Surinam in 2013.