One of the most recognisable landmarks in the city of Port-of-Spain has been restored and the light once more emits from the lantern room.
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Wire Bend to revive lost folklore tales
Four ethnic kings stage a royal hunt for the last deer in the world. The son of the Lion King is kidnapped and a ransom note from 10 Dragons threatens destruction unless a champion can answer their ten riddles. A little Boy pure of heart wins a Magic Dog, which comes to his rescue anytime he is in trouble but there is a witch that eats little children.
These are the three stories the Wire Bend Folklore Theatre tells spectacularly in their folklore festival, The Boy & His Dog and Other Stories which opens at the Auditorium at the Government Campus, Richmond Street, Port-of-Spain from October 27 to 30.
A release said there will be shows for both adults and schools. There are only two days of school performances—October 27 and 30 with two shows per day—9 am to 11 am and noon to 2 pm. Schools are encouraged to book early while space is available.
Performances for the general public are: The Gala Opening on October 27 at 7 pm, October 28 at 8 pm and October 29 at 6 pm.
For the last three years the Wire Bend Folklore Theatre has become known for combining dazzling costumes created by some of the country’s greatest master-artisans, with interactive animated characters created by some of their top young animators.
This year, the troupe introduces giant puppets and other surprise special effects. “The aim is to combine the ancient and the modern to compete with Disney, Nickelodeon, and Hollywood blockbusters. To captivate audiences with local heroes and local storytelling…” said director Rubadiri Victor.
Victor said the troupe writes contemporary folkloric stories, and also adapts lost indigenous ones: “We try to push the boundaries. The ‘4 Kings’ story features local animated recreations of the Creation Myths from China, Africa, India, Europe, and Native America. These stories have never been told together on a local stage before.
Victor added, “It’s one of the most fascinating stories I’ve ever heard. It has Patois songs and everything. I’ve never seen it recorded anywhere. I’ve always said I would produce it one day. That day is now. My dad is 89 years old and has Alzheimer’s. I want to put this on in tribute to him and his gift of this story, so he can see it.”
For tickets, patronage, and information interested schools, corporate bodies, and the public can contact Wire Bend at 797-0949, or email [email protected]. Patrons can also go to the Wire Bend Folklore Theatre Facebook page for more details or #wirebend.