Memorial Tribute for St Lucian Playwright, Stanley French TONIGHT!

Isn't it sad that you can come from the same country and never know of a remarkable fellowman, until after he's dead?  Such is my case ... may you R.I.P!

A Memorial tribute in honour of the late Stanley Albert French, St. Lucian playwright, will be held at the National Cultural Centre on Wednesday November 17th at 7.30 pm.

Stanley French, one of the Caribbean’s leading playwrights has died. Born in 1937 in Castries, Saint Lucia, he attended the Methodist Primary School and St. Mary’s College, following which he moved to London where he completed the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of London in 1962.

French’s attraction to theatre began after he saw a St. Lucia Arts Guild performance of Derek Walcott’s play, The Sea at Dauphin at his alma mater the Methodist Primary School in the mid-1950s. It was directed by Roderick Walcott and determined his lifelong interest in grappling with the craft of playwriting.

His works:
- The Rape of Fair Helen, in 1962 was performed at the St. Lucia Arts Festival and the Commonwealth Institute Theatre in London in 1966.
- His Light and the Dark was performed by the Lighthouse Theatre Company in St Lucia in 2001.

Most of his plays have been produced and well received in Jamaica. 
- Ballad of a Man and Dog
- The Interview
- No Rain No Play
- Under a Sky of Incense, written in 1977 and is regarded as a masterpiece. C.L.R. and Selma James, Roderick Walcott and Dennis Scott, the late outstanding Jamaican man-of-theatre, are among the persons he identified with and who encouraged him and contributed to his development as a writer.

Mr. French was a passionate, lifelong fan of cricket, n 1979, he published a stirring essay titled Francis Mindoo Phillip – A Portrait from Memory in honour of one of St Lucia’s most renowned cricketers and French’s hero, now deceased. In 2006, he published another essay on cricket titled Come In, My Lords, Come In! in which he made his case for imbuing the Beausejour Cricket Ground with a St. Lucian personality by identifying five St. Lucian high achievers and naming various parts of the venue after them.

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