Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 21st 2013 Contents The executive of the National Drama Asso-
ciation of T&T will host the gala opening of
the 2013 NDATT Theatre Festival on October
22, at the Little Carib Theatre, Woodbrook.
Playwright/thespian Tony Hall will be hon-
oured at this year s festival.
Born Anthony Michael Hall on July 16, 1948,
Hall writes and makes plays for street, stage
and screen functioning as an actor, director,
writer, drama teacher and workshop leader.
Hall was born in Port-of-Spain, and attended
Naparima College, San Fernando. He gained
a Bachelor s degree in drama and education
from the University of Alberta (1969-73),
Edmonton, Canada and obtained a diploma
in film and advanced television production at
the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
It is believed regionally that Hall is a pioneer
in community television in the Caribbean.
With the video production house Banyan Lim-
ited, in T&T, he was part of a group, of artists,
which created indigenous soap operas, TV
dramas and current affairs programmes in the
1970s, 80s and 90s.
At Banyan, Hall presented, with Errol Sitahal,
Dennis "Sprangalang" Hall and Niala Maharaj,
one of the most successful magazine pro-
grammes on TV in the Caribbean, Gayelle
(1985-90), citation given at INPUT---Interna-
tional Public Televison Conference.
Gayelle laid the foundation for the first
community television station (24 hours of
Caribbean programming) in the region, Gayelle
The Channel (2004), founded by Christopher
Laird and Errol Fabien.
Hall apprenticed in the Caribbean with
Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott in his flagship
company, Trinidad Theatre Workshop TTW),
as an actor and a director (1973-1981). At the
TTW, he performed in the world premier pro-
ductions of Walcott s The Joker of Seville
(1975) and O Babylon (1976-81). He also direct-
ed, under Walcott s astute guidance, Jean
Genet s The Maids (1977).
In 1992, Christopher Laird and Hall directed
the award winning BBC/TVE/Banyan docu-
mentary film, And The Dish Ran Away With
The Spoon, produced by Bruce Paddington,
and hailled as "an astonishingly searing look
at TV" by Starweek Magazine. This film won
Best Video Documentary & Best Environmental
Film, Images Caraibes (Martinique, 1992) at
the Third Caribbean Film & Video Festival
and also won first place in the Public Affairs
Documentary Category at the 13th annual
International Film and Video Competition,
Prized Pieces (Ohio, 1993) National Black Pro-
gramming Consortium, USA.
In the early 1990s Errol Fabien and Hall
launched Lordstreet Theatre Company with
a prize winning trilogy of J Ouvert masquerade
Carnival bands on the streets of Port-of-
Spain: A Band On Drugs (1990), A Band On
Violence (1991) and A Band On US (1992).
This company promoted original work for
street, stage and screen from its very inception
and since 2003 has done so primarily through
a Playwrights Workshop.
Also in 1990, after years of participatory
research into manifestations of popular culture
in the Caribbean, Hall realised and presented,
at the University of Winchester (King Alfred
Campus), UK, Jouvay Process as a distinct
and possibly helpful post post-New World
perspective on drama practice or action in
relation to living and being.
Hall established Jouvay Popular Theatre
Process (JPTP), a drama workshop which
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the genius of
Tony Hall in Port-of-Spain on a photoshoot for the play Miss Miles with star Cecilia Salazar in
2011. PHOTO COURTESY LORD STREET THEATRE COMPANY
Wi-fi connectivity from a light
bulb---or "li-fi"---has come a step closer,
according to Chinese scientists.
A microchipped bulb can produce data
speeds of up to 150 megabits per second
(Mbps), Chi Nan, IT professor at Shang-
hai s Fudan University told Xinhua News.
A one-watt LED light bulb would be
enough to provide net connectivity to
four computers, researchers say.
But experts told the BBC more evidence
was needed to back up the claims.
There are no supporting video or pho-
tos showing the technology in action.
Li-fi, also known as visible light com-
munications (VLC), at these speeds would
be faster---and cheaper---than the average
Chinese broadband connection.
In 2011, Prof Harald Haas, an expert
in optical wireless communications at
the University of Edinburgh, demonstrated
how an LED bulb equipped with signal
processing technology could stream a
high-definition video to a computer. BBC
Lightbulb Wi-fi step closer, say Chinese scientists
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