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US actor and Old Vic director Kevin
Spacey will be honoured with a special prize
at this year's Olivier Awards.
The 55-year-old is currently artistic
director at London's Old Vic and is famous
for his film and TV roles in American
Beauty and House of Cards.
The Oscar-winner is being honoured for
his outstanding contribution to the Old Vic,
where he became artistic director in 2004.
He steps down later this year.
The actor is widely credited with reviving
the theatre's fortunes.
"His advocacy of London theatre has
been a constant boon, and many of us will
miss him as a valued colleague," said Caro
Newling, president of the Society of London
Matilda director Matthew Warchus is to
take over from Spacey in the autumn.
Spacey's final performance as the Old
Vic's artistic director will see him revive his
title role in Clarence Darrow, his first one-
man play. He previously appeared in several
Old Vic productions during his tenure,
including Richard II, Speed-The-Plow and
Sam Mendes' production of Richard III.
Spacey's other theatre credits include
The Iceman Cometh, which debuted at
Almeida in London, 1998, before moving on
to the Old Vic and then Broadway. (BBC)
Actor Kevin Spacey to get special Olivier award
Next year, don t look for me on
the streets of Port-of-Spain in a
Carnival band. After almost half a
century of playing "town mas" and
being involved in Carnival events,
I am suffering from burnout and
in 2016 intend taking things easier,
possibly playing mas in Tobago
instead, especially with so many
nearby beaches to cool down after
a day of revelry.
Based on reports reaching Pulse
this year, Tobago had one of its best
Carnivals, although having two J Ou-
vert celebrations simultaneously---
one in Scarborough the other in Rox-
borough---caused a split, with
Scarborough having a meagre
turnout of spectators.
The two-day Carnival celebrations
launched early on Carnival Monday
morning with J Ouvert; revellers cel-
ebrated in the streets of the capital
Scarborough until daylight. The party
continued throughout Carnival Mon-
day to late Carnival Tuesday with
the parade of masquerade bands.
Dressed in colourful costumes, mas-
queraders danced to the rhythm of
the latest soca songs that blasted
from large music trucks.
Before the parades, Carnival activ-
ities in the sister isle were many and
included the Windward Afro Queen
Show and Calypso Monarch com-
petitions staged on Valentine s Day
by the Tobago House of Assembly at
the Cyd Gray Sporting Complex.
Now in its 46th year, eight con-
testants, aged 17 to 25, took part in
the beauty pageant. Representing
Betsy s Hope, Anna-Lisa Roberts daz-
zled the judges and was declared the
night s winner.
In the Calypso Monarch compe-
tition, nine of Tobago s most seasoned
calypsonians entertained the audi-
ence. The event, which began in the
village of Roxborough, has continued
to grow over the years.
By all reports, Carnival in Tobago
was a wonderful and memorable
experience for all. Secretary for the
Division of Community Development
and Culture Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus
said: "This year s Carnival proves you
don t need bacchanal to have a good
Carnival...Tobago s Carnival is not
just alive and well, but thriving nice-
ly."The culture secretary said there
were more spectators and tourists
playing mas on Carnival Monday and
Tuesday. The Junior Carnival com-
petition, held on Valentine s Day, also
enjoyed an upturn, with over 800
"The bands showed growth with
the increasing numbers of young peo-
ple and children in costumes,"
Tsoiafatt-Angus said. She described
the quality of the mas as "undisput-
Pan in the sister isle also made an
impact, with 11 bands qualifying for
the national Panorama semi-finals
this year, of which six reached the
finals, a first for the island. An
unprecedented ten calypsonians also
made it to the national calypso semis.
those calypsonians, as well as the
medium steelbands which partici-
pated in the 2015 Panorama finals,
including second-placed NLCB Buc-
cooneers, NGC Steel Xplosion (third
place) and Petrotrin Katzenjammers
During the briefing, chairman of
the Windward Carnival Committee
Julian Celestine echoed the secretary s
sentiments of a positive Carnival sea-
"Carnival 2015 was a tremendous
success for us," he said, saying 13
schools participated in the Junior
Extravagant, up from nine schools
Tsoiafatt-Angus said there was
Tambrin Radio owner George Leacock portrays King George.
In brightly coloured plumage, she enjoys herself in Scarborough. PHOTOS COURTESY THA INFORMATION DEPARTMENT
leh we go...
leh we go
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