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Now is a good time for actor
He works full time, acting with
the Trinidad Theatre Workshop
(TTW). He s the lead in a feature
film that is set to make its com-
mercial debut later this month---a
rare occurrence for a local movie.
And he is in yet another play with
popular director Raymond Choo
Kong, which will begin its San Fer-
nando run this week.
Now is a good time for T&T
actors in general.
"There s now a lot more work
for an actor," said Samuel.
"Anybody can buy a high-quality
camera now," he said, explaining
the boom in filmmaking within the
last few years. "It s a lot cheaper
than it was 15 years ago."
Readers might have seen Samuel s
handsome face---glowering in typical
action-hero fashion---in the lobby
of Cinemas 8 in Trincity Mall or
the Empire Cineplex in San Fer-
nando. It s front and centre on a
poster for the film Escape From
Babylon, directed by Nick Attin and
co-produced by Samuel, set to pre-
miere on August 21 at Cinemas 8
and a week later at Empire.
Samuel plays Randolph Briggs,
an ex-cop drawn into a hunt for a
He s also in another new film:
the short Jab in the Dark, directed
by Robert MacFarlane, which has
no fixed premiere date.
The Choo Kong comedy It Runs
in the Family, which completed a
run at Napa, Port-of-Spain, last
week, will debut on August 8 at the
Naparima Bowl and wrap up on
August 10. Samuel plays the clueless
Dr Hubert Koon Koon. He s been
in so many plays with Choo Kong,
whom he cites as a big influence
on his career, that neither man could
remember the exact number.
"He s a brilliant director, and he
knows how to get what he wants
from his actors," said Samuel. "Every
rehearsal with him is like a class;
you re constantly learning."
Choo Kong describes Samuel as
a good and dependable actor who
is yet to reach his full potential.
"Kearn belongs to that new,
emerging group of actors that I
think is going to take over the the-
atre stage," said Choo Kong.
Growing up in Arima, Samuel,
29, was a TV junkie and knew he
wanted to make his life in enter-
It took him a while to get to
where he is now---a full-time actor
aspiring to Hollywood. Until Jan-
uary, he was a clerk in the public
In the meantime, he took acting
classes, getting his first break in
Ronald John s The Silly People in
2002. Since then he s starred in a
string of plays and movies, including
the TTW s well-received A Mid-
summer Night s Dream earlier this
year. Samuel showed his versatility
by taking on multiple roles in the
Shakespeare play: Puck, Nick Bot-
tom, Egeus and Philostrate.
Outside of acting, Samuel is the
member of a trio called Sovereignty,
a pop group he formed with friends
in secondary school. In June they
released a single, Cloud Nine, and
an accompanying video.
The group has no plans to release
an album any time soon. Right now
they re working to "get the name
out there as much as possible" with
singles and videos, said Samuel.
He s still coming to terms with
budding fame. He gets recognised
regularly by strangers.
"It feels good," he said, "but it s
hard to react to it because I don t
want to seem too cocky."
More info: raymondchookongpro-
ductions and Escape From Babylon
the movie on Facebook.
What began as a desire to explore a
shared interest in visual expressions of the
natural world has now become a creative
tribute to life in the face of death and a
longing for an ideal state in which pain
and sorrow do not exist.
The group exhibition Eden, which
opened August 2 at the Art Society, features
the work of Gabriella D Abreau, Reuben
Gonzales and Sarah Burrows.
D Abreau said, "Initially we were search-
ing for things that we had in common
artistically. One day while looking out the
window the thought came to Sarah of
portraying the ideas of In My Backyard.
This general garden theme would even-
tually become Eden, a concept allowing
us to delve into the beauty and mystery
of the very first garden."
Indeed, the allure of flora is key to the
investigation undertaken by each artist.
Burrows pieces in colour pencils and inks,
D Abreau s use of acrylic paints and Gon-
zales mix of watercolours with three-
dimensional elements give a range of per-
sonal responses to nature.
The dominance of the female figure in
pieces by D Abreau and Gonzales also
demonstrates the artists consideration of
a personification of flowers, vines, roots
and leaves. Woman is rendered the epitome
of the sumptuousness and rich dimension
of the natural environment. Such works
call to mind the idea of Eden s Eve and
the various mythologies and impressions
associated with womanhood---from
temptress to life-giving force.
Yet, with all of its images of vegetation,
the concept of this exhibition has evolved
to include a utopian vision of our existence.
"The show also represents the desire to
return to Eden, to a life without misery.
This aspect of the theme was of paramount
importance to Sarah, as her mother was
suffering from a terminal disease during
the course of the preparation of this exhi-
bition. In fact, the day after she finished
her favourite piece for the exhibition, her
mother passed away," D Abreau explains.
The piece to which D Abreau refers is
of the tree of knowledge, one of a number
of works in the show that seek to confront
the wretchedness of the world and attempt
to dispel it.
"Some of the pieces express a desire
for a world without sickness or a world
where we are not at odds with nature,"
D Abreau adds.
The Eden exhibition creates the space
for the light of one life to be honoured
and for the glow of hope, for all of us, to
Eden runs from August 2--11 at the Art
Society, corner Jamaica Boulevard and St
Vincent Avenue, Federation Park, Port-of-
Spain. Gallery hours: 10.30 am--6.30 pm.
Return to Eden
Etlingera Queen, by Reuben Gonzales.
Of Earth and Water, by Gabriella D'Abreau.
Knowledge of Good and Evil, by Sarah Burrows.
ALL IMAGES COURTESY THE ARTISTS
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