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Negotiating Boundaries on stage
It does not always follow that
instructive or "message" theatre
diminishes entertainment and ar-
tistic value. But it can.
This would have been among the
main challenges of the typographical-
ly-challenging the.art.IS Performing
Arts Company when work began on
Boundaries, staged at the Central Bank
It fell to young playwright/director,
Brendon O'Brien to negotiate the cre-
ative roller-coaster occupied by a huge
advisory cast comprising ParentingTT,
Rape Crisis Society and others.
In the process, O'Brien had to draw
on judicious use of comedic and other
dramatic elements in the course of a
narrative that always faced the dan-
ger of descending into the mawkish
and overly preachy. In most instances,
this is avoided through pacing and dra-
matic choreography in full testimony of
O'Brien's great promise as a director.
Though the play is billed as essentially
the story of four young male secondary
school students confronting the multi-
ple challenges of dysfunctional family
life and the folly and mishaps of youth,
it is the story of young Alexa (Simone
Jeffreys) that eventually fills the stage.
Joseph (played by Daniel Reyes) is
presented as Alexa's male archetype.
He is attracted to her and eventually
shares his own experiences of abuse
at the hands of a violent father.
This is despite advice from young
pal Justin, who is excellently played
by Reuel Warner, that Joseph needs
to become sexually intimate with the
Both Marlon (Chaquille Charles) and
Ravi (Jarod Baptiste) help provide per-
sonality contrasts with Joseph. Marlon
appears to be curious about Justin's
tales of sexual conquest, while Ravi is
the persistently outraged pal who does
the futile moralising among the small
circle of school friends.
But is it to Alexa most of the atten-
tion turns. Her abuser is her mother
Ariana's (Robyn Beckles) boyfriend
Kevon, who is played by stage regular
Jeffrey's character, as a virtual com-
The success of Boundaries shows great potential for Brendon O'Brien as a
posite of real-life victims, faces the
challenge of stereotypical flatness
and the young actress wrestles
with this from beginning to end.
It is Justin that most favourably
catches the eye though. His is a
multi-layered character with sto-
ries that appear untold.
Warner extracts from the role a
measure of empathy and frequent
outrage, comedy and pathos, in
display of the value a clever script
can bring to the table.
As is the case with Jeffreys,
Joseph's dramatic flatness tests
Reyes's versatility as a player.
The director's notes suggests
that the story behind Boundaries
"is probably one that many of us
have often heard but thought too
'normal' to force us to make a de-
This is addressed in the action
on (and off) stage when the audi-
ence is asked to "vote" by show
of hands on who, in the cast---in-
cluding Ms Anderson the teacher
played by Alicia Mathura and Ar-
iana---is better suited to address
This turns out to be problematic
since, by then, little is known of
Ariana's personality beyond what
appears to be a fun-loving, care-
free demeanour and Ms Ander-
son's role as empathetic student
counselor. Many hands stayed
down for the exercise.
Then came the obligatory Q&A.
There was little more to discuss
than what O'Brien had already
explained in his notes on the pro-
gramme and what the action on
Though the production was de-
signed to fill a space in the rep-
ertoire of ParentingTT advocacy
tools, the lines of questioning
suggested a high presence of the
Full marks to the lighting and
sound crews and stage manager
Regina Seabrun, assisted by Par-
entingTT co-founder and tireless
campaigner Barbara King.
O'Brien had his work cut out
for him and he approached it with
confidence as a relative newcomer.
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