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‘Rashomon’ takes stage at UWI this weekend

For Release Upon Receipt - March 29, 2016

St. Augustine

Theatre and dance students at The UWI St. Augustine’s Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) present their annual Theatre Arts Unit production, “Rashomon.” The play will run from this Friday, April 1 to Sunday April 3, and from April 8-10, at the Agostini Street, St. Augustine branch of the DCFA.

The production is an adaptation of a traditional Japanese story and will be directed by Former Head of the DCFA, Dr Dani Lyndersay. The action takes place near Kyoto, Japan, about 1,000 years ago. It presents varying accounts of the murder of a samurai, Takehiro, whose body was found in a bamboo forest near Kyoto. A dramatic mystery story, the production involves the travelling Samurai and his wife on a white horse, a well-known bandit, Tajomaru, and a medium who is called upon to speak for the dead. Two witnesses – a priest and a woodcutter tell their versions of the event to the cynical wigmaker at the Rashomon Gate, as the rains and thunder keep them hostage.  

Speaking on the play, Dr. Lyndersay noted “Each account simultaneously clarifies and complicates what the audience knows or thinks it has seen, eventually creating a complex and contradictory vision of events. This brings into question man’s ability or willingness to perceive and transmit objective truth.”

Show times are 8pm daily, and 6pm on Sundays. General admission tickets are currently available for $100. Tertiary students with student ID pay $75, and secondary students pay $50. Tickets are available at the DCFA, Agostini Street, St. Augustine.

For further information and tickets contact the DCFA at 662-2002 ext 83792, 663-2222 or email



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Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in BarbadosJamaicaTrinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


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