As part of the fundraising efforts for the Diamond Emancipation Festival celebrations there will be a staging of well-known Jamaican comedian Oliver Samuel’s popular play “Embassy Saga” here on Saturday 15 March.
Details about the fundraiser were provided during the 5 March edition of the JTV Spotlight talk show by Diane Lewis, the owner of the Jamaican kitchen, the co-sponsor/promoter of the play.
Mrs. Lewis announced that the significance of the milestone being celebrated during this year’s festivities is great, and added that the success of the 60th anniversary of Festival requires a hands-on approach from every resident. She stated: “By now everyone in the BVI should know that this year is the 60th anniversary celebration, and I don’t know who doesn’t know but that is huge, that is big, and there is a need to ensure that this year’s Festival is the best that it can be. The idea came about to do something towards that end, and the play — Oliver Embassy Saga, that came about, and that is in conjunction with the BVI Festival and Fairs Committee to celebrate this year’s Festival.”
The co-sponsor explained that the staging of the play will help to offset some of the cost to produce a Festival that the entire Virgin Islands will be proud of. “I would just like to say that this is not just a Jamaican play for Jamaicans, the Jamaicans here are more than happy to celebrate with the Virgin Islands, and so are the other nations that are residing here. It is going to be a cultural mix, it is going to be something that regardless of where you are from you will be able to come, laugh and enjoy yourself…Oliver is known as the King of Comedy and he has earned that title,” she explained.
Lewis also stated that she is sure that come March 15 persons would say that the money that they paid for their ticket to the show was well spent. She pointed out that on a cultural level Caribbean people are more united and similar than we sometime accept.
Host of the Show, Cromwell Smith highlighted that persons should see the play and participate in the Festival activities regardless of their nationality: “Sometime I wonder if people in the Caribbean really understand what these festivals are all about especially the Festival here in the Virgin Islands which is the Emancipation Festival. (It is) emancipation from slavery which Jamaicans went through, Vincentians went through, Virgin Islanders went through, Antiguans, the whole Caribbean was part of that horrific transatlantic slave trade that our ancestors fought, bled, died, suffered through and then liberated themselves; thus we are liberated through them. So truly there is no one that should be excluded,” Smith said.