Talk Tent 2013 opens tonight
By Vernon Khelawan Friday, February 15 2013
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If it's one thing Trinis are known for the world over is “ole talk”. They adore it, they wallow in it, they just cannot seem to do without it. So it is no mystery that the Talk Tent has survived for three decades.
This weekend the annual talk fest, wrapped in clean quality comedy and presented by Keensdee Productions, will offer its 30th edition at Queen's Hall in St Ann's, with the first show tonight starting at 8 pm.
As usual, the show will be dominated by story-telling in its many manifestations, and punctuated by humour and social commentary and emceed by vintage calypsonian Lord Superior. Cast members who over the years have been regulars on the Talk Tent stage include Felix Edinborough, the inimitable Pierrot Grenade; Roy and Gloria and their rib-tickling skits; calypsonian Short Pants (Llewellyn Macintosh); Farida Chapman and Miguel Browne and Midnight Robber Rashid Hosein. New on the show this time around is singer Raymond Edwards.
Paul Keens-Douglas, the consummate story-teller and mastermind behind the Talk Tent, has described the annual production as “the only show where talk is art.” Keens-Douglas broke into the talk entertainment business with his tantalising episodes of “Tim Tim” which were converted into a radio series.
Following his “Tim Tim” success he created “Tanty Merle,” a character with a special love for the game of cricket and who had many escapades at the Queen's Park Oval during imaginary games.
Today however, he is convinced that story telling is a dying art and that something has to be done to arrest the slide. He hopes that the powers that be, probably in education and culture would do something definitive about keeping the art form alive.
Over the years patrons have grown to love the Talk Tent and the repeat customers form the majority of its supporters as they look forward each year to great enjoyment from simple “ole talk” laced with clean humour in talk and song.
This weekend's shows begin at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday and concludes with a matinee show on Sunday at 6.30 pm.