'Miss Miles' Returns
As their way of celebrating the nation's 50th anniversary as an independent nation the Lord Street Theatre will on August 24 present at the Little Carib Theatre, Woodbrook the one woman production titled, Miss Miles featuring, Cecilia Salazar. The play written and directed by Tony Hall will begin at 8 p.m. on August 24 and run until the 26, the show that day being at 6 p.m.
The members of the theatre company believe that citizens must never forget her story, as it is only when Trinbagonians see themselves in the mirror, can they change. This story reveals one's true sacrifice for national pride, in the wake of our Independence. It's a story that dwells on our consciousness and demands that we examine ourselves.
Hall's dramatic play walks you through the events coming out of the Gas Station Racket that occurred in 1965. Considered one of the first major cases of allegations of corruption in the post-Independence era in Trinidad and Tobago, the Gas Station Racket was brought to the fore by Gene Miles, a civil servant in the 1960s. She caused a sensation by alleging corrupt practices by several high-ranking figures.
The show on August 24 will be hosted by Soroptimists International of Newtown for the purpose of raising funds to support the organisation's projects and initiatives in areas such as education, economic empowerment of women and human trafficking. Apart from highlighting an important woman in our local history, patrons will have the opportunity to meet and learn more about a group of professional women passionate about improving the lives of women and girls in Trinidad.
Miles dared challenge the government in an anti-corruption campaign referred to as The Gas Station Racket in the 1960s. Her action led a commission of inquiry. Also known as Gas Station Gene, Miles who was rumoured to be having a relationship with a minister of government, lost her job and became a nervous wreck. She was often seen wandering around Port of Spain drunk. She succumbed to heart failure when she was 42-years-old, but some believe there was a sinister cause of her death.