• Blake Visual Artistry

Students Dramatise Closing Scripts

Updated: Nov 15, 2017

African Identity

Jamaica Gleaner: Sta'cii' Blake's Whitewash: Unmasking Hypocrisies in Black Identity is about the trials and tribulations of Esmerelda, a country girl who is taken to town by her Rastafarian mother when she is six years old. She is teased unmercifully by her classmates about her black skin and 'bad' hair.

At 21 years old, Esmerelda gets a part in a television show as "a single, lower class baby-mother". She is led to investigate her roots and eventually comes to regard herself as an African empress.

Even more interesting than the dramatisations' stories, which were not always coherent, were the artistic ways in which they were told. Included were numerous changes of character and costumes, sound effects, conversations with recorded voices, music, video projections and lights moving around the stage to delineate changing spaces and times. All the elements had been created or designed by the presenting student... read more Jamaica Gleaner

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