Trinidad Theatre Workshop finds new home

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The front sign of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. May 7th, 2015.

A report from Loop news.

Theatre-lovers can breathe a sigh of relief after government announced that the Trinidad Theatre Workshop will be relocated to St Clair.

 

The decision was announced at Thursday’s post-Cabinet media briefing.

The Trinidad Theatre Workshop (TTW) will be based at 6 Newbold Street, St Clair, after the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts made a request for alternative accommodation following news that the original building at Jerningham Avenue, Belmont is up for sale.

Cabinet said it has approved a five-year lease at ‘peppercorn rent’, a nominal rent of $10 per year.

The TTW will use the new location as an educational facility for theatre arts.

Public Administration and Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie said government is ‘honoured’ to be of assistance, given the contribution the theatre has made to the arts in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean.

“While we mourn the loss of Derek Walcott, there is no greater way to honour him but to ensure TTW is not homeless and his vision lives on.”

The Trinidad Theatre Workshop was founded by Sir Derek Walcott in 1959, who continued as the workshop’s director until 1971.

Some of the country’s well-known thespians such as Beryl McBurnie, Stanley Marshall and Errol Jones also attended the TTW.

Culture Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said the Ministry is pleased that ‘Sir Derek Walcott’s vision for and contribution to the theatre arts lives on in the TTW.”

“The Ministry is pleased to have played a role in ensuring that training in the arts continues to be accessible as a critical pillar of cultural development,” Dr Gadsby-Dolly said.

Cabinet also approved a delegation, led by Dr Gadsby-Dolly and a member of TTW, to attend Walcott’s funeral service.

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