Arts & Culture

A dozen nods for One Blood

Production leads Actor Boy Awards nominations

BY RICHARD JOHNSON
Observer senior reporter
johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

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THE School of Drama at the Edna Manley College in Kingston has amassed the lion's share of the nominations for this year's Actor Boy Awards.

With three productions under its belt — Bellywoman, Bellywoman Bangarang, and Ti-Jean & His Brothers — 'Drama School' has come out with 30 nods for the Actor Boy Awards which recognises excellence in local theatre.

Bellywoman has 11 nominations; Bellywoman Bangarang has eight; while Ti-Jean & His Brothers comes away with seven.

The nominations for the Actor Boy Awards, which will be held on April 1, were announced last evening in a ceremony at the Phoenix Theatre in St Andrew.

However, it is One Blood, the production from Dredz Productions, which is the toast of this year's show with a total of 12 nominations. Written by Rashiem Shepherd, One Blood has taken aim at all the major awards including: Best Production; Best Director (David Tulloch); Best New Jamaican Play, which is a writer's awards (Shepherd); Best Actor in a Lead Role (Shepherd and Oraine Meikle); Best Actress in a Lead Role (Aisha Ritchie); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Darren McKoy); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Sherieka Knight); Best Drama; Best Original Score; Best Original Song ( Daddy - lyrics by Shepherd and music by Tulloch); and Best Sound Effects Design (Tulloch).

Jambiz Productions' Romi & Julie ties with Bellywoman for the second spot with 11 nominations. This local take on a Shakespeare classic has been nominated for Best Production; Best New Jamaican Play (Patrick Brown); Best Actor in a Lead Role (Courtney Wilson); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Glen Campbell); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Sakina Deer); Best Costume Design (Deer); Best Comedy; Best Choreography (Sharee McDonald-Russell); Best Original Score; and two nominations for Best Original Song ( Julie Gone Home and Fly by Night by Patrick Brown and Jon Williams).

Bellywoman received nominations for Best Production, Best Direction (Dorraine Reid), Best New Jamaican Play (Omal Wright), Best Ensemble, Best Musical, Best Tragedy, Best Costume Design, Best Set Design (Dorraine Reid and Byrony Kummer-Seddon), Best Lighting Design (Franklyn “Chappie” St Juste), Best Choreography (Patrick Earle) and Best Drama.

Producer Fabian Barracks' Black Sheep was the only other production to hit double digits with 10 nominations. This comedy was recognised for Best Production, Best Direction (Barracks), Best New Jamaican Play (Barracks), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Everaldo Creary), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Christina Harris), Best Sound Effects, Design, Best Comedy, Best Drama and Best Original Song ( Squeegee in Motion written by Tyrell Carmock) and Best Children's Theatre.

Other productions receiving nominations were Jeezum Peas which copped seven nominations; the erotic thriller Sugar Daddy received five nods; Basil Dawkins' sequel Maas Matt Comes to Town was recognised with five nominations. Bone of Contention also received five nods. The musical Beauty and the Beast goes into the awards night with four nominations. Young & the Wreckless has three nominations; As He Watches has two, while What Goes Around has been recognised with a single nomination.


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