This interactive musical production written by playwright Zeno Obi Constance was initiated by His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona ORTT, SC President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and is being held under his patronage. The Fyzabad Connection Theatre Company is responsible for the production.Members of the public are invited.
The play examines the poverty stricken situation of the 1930’s alongside the ban on Shouter Baptists and the crackdown on the emerging steel band movement by the authorities of the day.
Butler’s arrival is the catalyst for the fledging labour movement as we follow his fiery platform rhetoric and leadership, his attempted arrest which resulted in the death of corporal Charlie King, and the subsequent killing by police of La Brea Charles, fatally mistaken for Butler.
Members of the audience will be invited to be part of the cast joining the food ration line; the procession to the site where King was killed and then to the monument site where La Brea Charles is honoured. There will also be a snippet of Butler’s sedition trial.
The production will employ music and dance to dramatize some scenes, highlighting calypso music of the period and of the Baptists whose songs were an inspiration to Butler.
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