Saint Lucia to host Caribbean Premiere of Derek Walcott’s Newest Play O Starry, Starry Night


The 16th  Triennial Conference of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies will be held in Saint Lucia from August 5 – 9, 2013.

This important international event will attract over 350 delegates from the world of academia and related fields such as publishing, printing, and research. Previous ACLALS conferences have been held in Vancouver (August 2007) and Cyprus (June 2010).

This year, Saint Lucia has been chosen from a wide field of possible host countries because of an established track record in hosting such events, and because it is the home of the world’s leading poet in English, Nobel Laureate in Literature (1992), the Honourable Derek Walcott.


To mark this unprecedented event, Mr. Walcott has kindly agreed to the staging in Saint Lucia of his newest play, O Starry Starry Night!, critically acclaimed as “a highly poetic recording of one of the most significant and notorious moments in the history of art …Paul Gauguin’s 1888 visit to a troubled Vincent van Gogh at the Yellow House in Arles, France”.

The play first opened in May of this year at the Lakeside Theatre in Essex, UK, featuring a cast of highly accomplished actors – including Wendell Manwarren, Brian Greene  and Nigel Scott  – all of whom have longstanding professional relationships with Derek Walcott and his work. All three have agreed to appear in the Saint Lucia Production now confirmed for August 8, 9 and 10, 2013.

The Premiere status of this event will be celebrated with an elegant Opening Night Champagne Gala on August 8, 2013, which will include ACLALS conference delegates, local and international media, notable patrons of arts and culture, and distinguished personalities from corporate, government, and diplomatic circles.

The Saint Lucian Premiere of O Starry Starry Night is a joint production of LANDMARK  Events and WARWICK  Productions.

For more information:

Landmark Events: P. O. Box RB2263. Rodney Bay. Gros Islet

Tel 758 452 8416/7/8 Fax 758 458 0636

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