A report from Trinidad’s Express.
Theatre arts students at the St Augustine campus of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) present their annual student production, the premiere of the soca musical Stick-ey Desires.
Director of the play and DCFA lecturer Louis McWilliams challenged his students to dissect and creatively analyse the lyrical content of soca music to explore the dynamic possibilities of combining the art form with theatre.
The play is set in the 1990s in a village called Vwa Dey Memwa, or “Memory Lane”, in Toco and in an apartment in Brooklyn, New York, USA. The characters experience many emotions—envy, rage, love and tabanca—all vividly illustrated through soca music. McWilliams notes: “The soca music in the play is not limited to any specific era—current selections are also explored and help to tell the story of Stick-ey Desires.”
This will be the first soca musical written and performed in Caribbean. The aim of the director is to have the audience singing along to a nostalgic theatrical performance, and inspiring a greater appreciation for soca as an artform in the Caribbean.
Students of the theatre arts programme were immersed in all of the production elements of the play and were challenged to assist in the development of the script, all of which constituted the assessment process for the programme.
The play will run from March 31 to April 2 and April 7 to April 9, at The Learning Resource Centre, The UWI, St Augustine. Showtimes are 8 p.m. daily and 6 p.m. on Sundays. General admission tickets are available at the DCFA, Agostini Street, St Augustine. For further information, contact the DCFA at firstname.lastname@example.org.