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Merundoi Plays shine at the National Drama Festival 2012

2012-11-18

The eight (8) plays submitted by Merundoi Incorporated to the National Drama Festival 2012 won a total of eighteen (18) awards which included Best Original Guyanese Short Play and Best Production in two categories. The National Drama Festival organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports was held at the National Cultural Centre on Friday Nov. 16, 2012.

The plays which were written and directed by first time playwrights and directors are:

  1. DANCING IN CIRCLES written by Roseanna Taitt directed by Charles Adrian
  2. ENSNATED written by Shana Fraser directed by Dacia Whaul
  3. IMPRISONED written by Nirmala Narine directed by Sabrina Kazim
  4. IN HER QUEST FOR LOVE written by Faithann Chester-Inniss directed by Randolph Critchlow
  5. PRECIOUS COMMODITY written by Esprene Liddell directed by Sean Thompson
  6. THE COLOUR OF RACE written by Sonia Yarde directed by Ayanna Waddell
  7. WHILE GOD WATCHED written by Lloyda Garrett directed by Sonia Yarde
  8. TILL DEATH written by Tashandra Inniss directed by Mark Luke-Edwards

Under Merundoi’s “Youth Development for Cultural Preservation” Project
which was supported by the IADB Cultural Development Program 2011, The Commonwealth Youth Programme and The Theatre Guild, over sixty youths between 16 and 30 yrs were trained in stagecraft, directing and playwrighting.
The winning categories are:-

Junior

BEST PRODUCTION
THE COLOUR OF RACE – Winner
ENSNARED – 1st Runner up
IMPRISONED – 2nd Runner Up

BEST ACTOR
Kijana Lewis ENSNARED

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Paul Budnah THE COLOUR OF RACE

BEST ACTRESS
Nurriyyih Gerrard ENSNARED

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Shameza Husain THE COLOUR OF RACE

BEST DIRECTOR
Dacia Whaul ENSNARED

BEST ORIGINAL GUYANESE STAGE PLAY
THE COLOUR OF RACE Sonia Yarde

BEST COSTUME
IN HER QUEST FOR LOVE

BEST SET
IMPRISONED

BEST LIGHTING
ENSNARED

DANCING IN CIRCLES

BEST USE OF SOUND
DANCING IN CIRCLES
ENSNARED

Open Short

BEST ORIGINAL GUYANESE STAGEPLAY
TILL DEATH Tashandra Inniss

BEST ACTOR
Kijana Lewis TILL DEATH

BEST ACTRESS
Clemencio Godette TILL DEATH

BEST PRODUCTION
TILL DEATH

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