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December 17, 2013
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Drama group wins 11 awards in barbados

Team Jamaica poses with their awards from the Caribbean Schools' Drama Festival in Barbados. - Contributed

The Jamaican production of 'Wi Love Wi Self', directed by Akeem Mignott, walked away with 11 major awards, including that of Best Overall Performance, at the recently concluded Caribbean Schools' Drama Festival held in Christ Church, Barbados.

The young Jamaican thespians also received awards for Best Ensemble acting, Most Creative presentation and Best Set Design. Outstanding Actress award went to Mandie Salmon of Jamaica while Mignott won the award for Outstanding Director.

Eleven students from several local high schools across the island represented Jamaica at the Caribbean Festival (December 8-15) with participants from seven other countries including: Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Barbados, Guyana, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Jamaican delegation included six students from Ardenne High School (Jomo Dixon, Darian Reid, Johnique Francis, Chantae Martin, Jonathan Dwyer and Jadon-John Barton-Williams) as well as students from Munro College (Mandie Salmon) Mona High (Teona Wesley), Black River High (Jevone Andy) and Waterford High (Oleta Livermore and Raheem Wallace).


While in Barbados, the Jamaican contingent also performed for students at the Alexandra School in the Saint Peter district and participated in cultural workshops and a Caribbean Youth Forum on Caribbean Single Market Initiative and Theatre Arts in the region.

The 2013 Caribbean Schools' Drama Festival was organised by the Barbados Association of Drama Educators. The Jamaican delegation was led by playwright Aston Cooke, who serves as facilitator of the Jamaica Youth Theatre, and the trip to the festival was made possible by sponsorship from the CHASE Fund.

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