Friday, December 15, 2017

‘Coups and Calypso’

Students present...


EMOTIONAL: Elvira and Rohan in a scene from the play.

Mark Fraser

 The first set of graduating students from the Academy for the Performing Arts at the University of Trinidad and Tobago will be putting on performances this weekend as it comes to the close of the repertory season of student performances. Two of the final year students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts, specialising in acting, will present M Nourbese Phillip’s play, Coups and Calypso. The students Chris-Ann Garham and Vedesh Nath play Elvira and Rohan respectively.   

In the play a military coup sweeps across the twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago. Elvira, a doctor, and Rohan, an English professor, now separated after a stormy marriage, are confined to a beach house during a curfew. Their relationship has stumbled-over on issues of race, identity and politics. The radio informs the beach house of the danger of the insurrection outside. Can they survive their own emotional war?

Performances of Coups and Calypso take place tomorrow 8 p.m. at Theatre 2, UTT Campus and at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain on Sunday at 7 p.m.