Coming to Kitchener – Waterloo Region
“Blood Ticka Dan Watah” pulls heartstrings and evokes much laughter!
Waterloo Region has got another gem from Marcia Brown Productions. This newest stage play “Blood Ticka Dan Watah” has all the elements the audience knows and trusts from Marcia Brown and so much more. All the complexities of choices and repercussions of same come alive on stage with a cast of notable names and some highly noticeable newcomers. The play is directed by Douglas Prout; renowned Jamaican director, Actor Boy awardee and recent curator of the “Haunted Night Tour” at the famed Rose Hall Great House. His directorial prowess is most noticeable with the new actors particularly, who embody their characters in ways that render them “true to life” and seamless.
The play written by Marcia Brown follows a story sadly familiar to many an immigrant woman but is particularly laden with a Jamaican nuance. Imagine being a young immigrant woman (Dorothy played by Adrea Smith and Nadeen Wynter) in Canada who has left twins (Percy and Percynella, played by Jermaine Cowie and Ashley Simms) behind in Jamaica to be raised by their grandmother (Mada May, played by Marcia Brown), given a new lease on life, starting a new family with new husband and not knowing how to disclose her prior twins. The secret has been kept for far too long and the emotional toll of this burden is evident as the story unfolds for each character. When the twins are revealed they quickly become the new unwelcomed guests in a new country and new family and if not for the intervention of their Grandmother “Mada May” their fate would be dismal. Needless to say we arrive at the purpose behind the play’s name after edge-of-seat suspense brought on by the impact of a family secret, youthful angst which adds more secrets and the realization that with all the challenges possibly hurled at one family the blood which bonds them is indeed stronger than the flood of other forces.
There are three (3) priority reasons to go see this play: First you will be fully entertained as the play is written, directed and delivered with comedic and dramatic flair. There is never a dull moment and you will want to pay attention to, and likely repeat the various quips, phrases and comedic spills from Brown herself who plays the grounded character of Mada May with a humour that leaves you the audience member with semi-permanent laugh lines. Second, you will be impressed with the level of talent previously hidden amidst our community. There are break out performances from the young aspiring thespians especially Jermaine Cowie and Ashley Simms (Percy and Percynella).
Audiences familiar with Rochelle Robinson will be able to acknowledge the seasoned delivery of her character Ajah who is a less than likeable ring leader in a horrible ploy to rid herself of these once secret siblings. You will also be impressed by the agility and intensity of Tarick Glancy who plays the resident villain/”gangsta” (Greg). Third, you will embrace how the story unfolds and value every moral touchstone laid at your feet. This play is highly recommended for families, as it will help you to identify ways to address some concerns faced by our youth and to perhaps open up the lines of conversation for those sitting on the fence about revealing secrets. You come away knowing that family should and can be a safe space when led by love.
“Blood Ticka Dan Water” will be performed at the Humanities Theatre, Waterloo University, Sunday November, 05, 2017, 3.00pm. Visit www.marciabrownproductions.com for more details. Run, don’t walk, to get your tickets!
Reviewer: Danae Peart.
Blood Ticka dan Watah
Blood Ticka Dan Watah, is highly recommended for families, as it will help you to identify ways to address some concerns faced by our youth and to perhaps open up the lines of conversation for those sitting on the fence about revealing secrets. You come away knowing that family should and can be a safe space when led by love.
This production is a Fundraiser for the Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region (CCAWR) and the Congress of Black Women, Waterloo Chapter. Over the past ten years, both of these organizations have awarded more than eighty (80) scholarships to students from our community who chose to pursue a post secondary education at a Canadian institute of higher learning. Many have not only succeeded but have come back to share their experiences and encourage ones planning to follow in their footsteps. This has been very rewarding.
Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region
Congress of Black Women Waterloo Chapter
Blood Ticka dan Water
Humanities Theatre, (Hagey Hall)
200 University Ave., W., Waterloo,
Sunday November 05, 2017. 3.00pm
Admission: early Bird $37.50 until Oct. 16th: $40.00 advance; $45.00 at the door.
For Tickets call:
Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo 519.888.4908
Centre in the Square 519.578.1570 or 1.800.2765.8977
519.888.4908 website http://uwaterloo.ca/theatre-centre/box-office
Centre in the Square: 519.578.1570 0r 1.800.265.8977 www.kwtickets.ca
Parking available $5.00 exact change.
Sponsors CKWR 98.5 FM; K-W Multicultural Centre
39 Princess Street E.,
Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 2H6