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UWI’s Wordsmiths perform 50/25

For Release Upon Receipt - July 2, 2012

St. Augustine

On Thursday July 5, 2012, Arts-in-Action, the Applied Creative Arts programme of the Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA), The University of the West Indies (UWI), hosts “50/25,” an original theatrical performance by its Wordsmiths. This performance is carded for 7pm at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), UWI St. Augustine Campus, and features The UWI’s Festival Dance Ensemble.

The one-act play is part of the Wordsmiths’ involvement in the Contacting the World Festival which will take place from July 8-15, 2012, in Manchester, England.

Contacting the World is an international Youth Theatre Festival, hosted by Contact Theatre in Manchester, and aims to develop the theatre skills of young theatre makers across the globe with projects like “twinning” a UK theatre company with a non-European one. This year, the Wordsmiths will be twinned with the host company, Contact Young Actors Company of Manchester. 

Through guided workshops on improvisation, acting technique and writing, the Wordsmiths have created “50/25” which will be shown at the Festival in Manchester. The title, “50/25,” is a representation of Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th Anniversary coupled with the 25th anniversary of the DCFA. Themes of independence are therefore entwined in the play, which was also inspired by the many dialogues and communications that the Wordsmiths have had with their twin in Manchester.

“50/25” is open to the public, with a contribution of $50.25 or more, being asked.  Contributions can be made at the door and all proceeds go towards offsetting the cost of travel.

For further information and to make a reservation, please contact Mr. Marvin George at 320-0041, or Ms. Camille Quamina at 369-3278 or via e-mail at

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