Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 14th 2015 Contents body has a talent, I do not think
that people are given the oppor-
tunity to display those talents," he
Drama and theatre is important
to every society, once the people
who are doing theatre understand
that importance, he said.
Edwards suggested that sadly,
"A lot of people do things because
they want to make money, so there
is a whole commercialisation."
The father of three is not losing
hope that his hard work will be
lost as he said children are actively
participating in theatre arts and it
is being used in the primary
schools for the Continuous Assess-
ment Component (CAC) for Sec-
ondary Entrance Assessment
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went on to teach at Point Fortin Inter-
mediate RC School and continued with
He met Gregory McGuire and
together they taught the children drama.
The children, he said, reached the
finals of the drama festival.
As Edwards advanced in his educa-
tional career, so too did his passion for
drama. He became the president of the
Secondary Schools Drama Association,
a post he held for 20 years. He was also
instrumental in the formation of the
Caribbean Secondary Schools Drama
Association, of which he was the chair-
Can drama make a difference?
Drama is very important for all young
people, Edwards said, and it is essential
He said one of the first lessons he
learned in drama was discipline and
"It helped to change my life, that
experience I had in Sixth Form. I was
just a crazy young boy, with no direc-
tion, just pass your exam and you go
up and I had no compass as it were,
but somehow being involved in that
dramatic piece helped me to reach my
inner spirit," Edwards explained.
He recounted times when he skipped
rehearsals on Sunday mornings and
while he was in the kitchen helping his
mother prepare lunch Frisco would
come to his house to collect him to
take him to rehearse.
"That kinda changed my approach
to it (drama). I became a more serious
person and I think a person who was
more caring and understood that for
things to be successful. We went
straight to the finals and it really helped
me to change the way I looked at life,"
Edwards said it was that experience
that spurred him to teach drama.
"When I started to teach I wanted
other people to have the kind of expe-
riences that I had. When I see children
going astray I know that they do not
have that kind of discipline and they
have not reached the spirit in them and
they needed somebody to really take
them through to those kinds of places,"
He said Iere Theatre Productions is
working in a play for the National
Council for Indian Culture (NCIC) for
Divali called The Adventures of Gure-
deva. The play is based on a book writ-
ten by Seepersad Naipaul, V S Naipaul s
Next year, he said, the production
company is planning to mark the 400th
death anniversary of literary great
Shakespeare with a five lecture/per-
formance series featuring live perform-
ances in collaboration with Deborah
Jean-Baptiste and the Oratory Foun-
dation as well as Trinidad Theatre
Works and others.
However, while Edwards believes
drama has carved its place in T&T soci-
ety, he lamented that local
comedy/adult plays are threatening to
unravel the work that he has done, and
it s saddening for him.
"The fact that I work so hard with
others to get drama on the school cur-
riculum and then to see and experience
the kind of foolishness that they do
out there, comedies and laugh festivals
and so on...how that impacted on me
is negatively," he said.
Edwards, artistic director of Iere The-
atre Productions, suggested if a child
were to ask his or her parents to study
theatre arts those plays would be their
parents understanding of what theatre
is, "that is what they see and what they
hear all the time."
The effect of this, he said, "is stunting
the growth of that development that
should be taking place in the schools."
Drama and theatre is so much more
than mere skits for laughter, it is a life-
"It (drama) brings things to life, it
asks people to give of themselves, to
develop their own innate talents. Every-
Saddened by local comedy
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When I started to teach I wanted
other people to have the kind of
experiences that I had. When I see
children going astray I know that
they do not have that kind of
discipline and they have not reached
the spirit in them and they needed
somebody to really take them to
through those kinds of places.
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