Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Thursday | December 13, 2012
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Basil Dawkins has 'Dangerous Ambitions'
Basil Dawkins
Multiple award-winning playwright Basil Dawkins is upping the entertainment social commentary bar with his issues-based dramedy titled Dangerous Ambitions, scheduled to stage its world premiere at the Little Little Theatre on December 27.

Again, teaming with multi-award-winning director Douglas Prout, Dawkins has embarked on what he calls his "political fantasy" that looks at "this imaginary island" and the political and social shenanigans of its "movers and shakers" that blurs the lines between legality and corruption among influential power seekers and power moguls; making for some "strange bedfellows".

Prout believes that casting an enthusiastic roster of talent is essential to the success of any theatrical production.

"To have the right mix of talent and experience is half the battle won. We have that blend with the cast of Dangerous Ambitions," he commented.

Lead by veteran television and stage actor Volier Johnson, the cast of Dangerous Ambitions also includes Christopher McFarlane and Maylynne Walton, legendary character actor George Howard and renowned opera singer and actor Rory Baugh.

shocking realities

Commenting on the plot of the production, Dawkins explains that "aspects of this play will bring into sharp focus some shocking realities, and is intended to be a cautionary tale to all citizens of goodwill for constant vigilance of our leaders and potential leaders in all areas of the country's life".

The playwright went further to declare: "Audiences will be fully engaged. Some may cry, all will laugh, and some may laugh while they cry. Laughter hides pain, deep hurt or embarrassment - our people know that only too well, and as it has been in the recent productions, Where Is My Father and Get your Black Hands Off Her, joy and sorrow will both be present in Dangerous Ambitions and patrons' conversations will continue long after they have left the theatre.

"I am hoping those who see Dangerous Ambitions will encourage regular theatregoers, those who used to attend the theatre but have discontinued for one reason or another, and those who have never attended to see Dangerous Ambitions," said Dawkins.

Dangerous Ambitions will run Tuesdays to Fridays at 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 5:00 and 8:30 p.m. Benefit performances are available to organisations wishing to raise funds for community outreach programmes.





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