Monday, March 26

My Curriculum Vitae


Member of the Lawrence Olivier Festival Co. London & New York, 1951-2
This way to the Tomb, Arts Theatre, London
Comedy of Errors, Bristol Old Vic & Baalbeck Festival 196-
Othello, Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, 1965
Cindy Ella (with Cleo Laine and Elizabeth Welch) Garrick Theatre, London 1966
The Roar of the Greasepaint, the smell of the Crowd - tour 196-
Joseph and his multicoloured Dream coat, Haymarket, Leicester, 1975
Ice Man Cometh, Royal Shakespeare Co, London, 1976
One-man show: "Return to My Native Land" by Aime Cesaire, platform performance at the National Theatre, before transferring to the Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court Theatre, London 1977 and on tour for two years including the Edinburgh fringe festival
Kingdom Come, King's Head, London
Night & Day, Derby Playhouse 1981
Maskarade, Talawa 1994
*THEATRE MUSEUM: National Video Archive. Interview: Blackgrounds


Sea Wife (20th Century Fox) 1956 Location: Jamaica
Calypso' (ENALPA Films, Italy) 1958 do Haiti, Puerto Rico, Antigua
Shaft in Africa, 1973 do Madrid
At the Earth's Core 1974


Man from the Sun (BBC) 1956
(Repeated 1992 Black & White in Colour)
Home of the Brave (Granada) 1857
*TONIGHT, BBC 1957-60: singing the news in calypso.
The Encylopaedist (BBC) 1961
Freedom Road, ATV (with Cleo Laine, Madeline Bell etc.) 1964
(Won 3 major prizes BERLIN T.V Festival)
GTV 9, Australia, ( daily appearances for 6 weeks) 1964
Cindy Ella (The stage play was first a radio play, an LP & Book) 1966
Schools Othello Act3 Sc.3 (with Judi Dench) Assoc. Rediffusion
Watch: Egypt ; Moses and Pharaoh BBC Schools Series 1980
Episodes Blake's Seven, The Persuaders, Softly, Softly , Born Free etc.
Voice Lt. Green,Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons
Metal Mickey Series
The Cleo Laine Show
Windrush Gala 1998

Own TV Series
For Members Only daytime TV series ITV 1955(?)
Country Style, Tyne Tees TV
Songs that Matter ATV 1971


Kongress Hall of the Deutschen Museums, Munich 1963
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 1971
Music Societies throughout Britain: De Montford Hall Leicester (2 Christmas Concerts with Leicestershire Philharmonic Choir) etc.


Savoy, Churchills. Quaglinos, Esmeralda's Barn, London West End and abroad (Bricktops Rome, New Stanley Hotel, Nairobi, Governor General's Ball Malta, Cruises etc.)
CSE (Combined Services Entertainment) Tours: Cyprus, Maldives, Singapore, Libya


2 LP's for World Record Clubs: Cool Folk and Cy & I, (with Bill LeSage)
Ballads Birds & Blues, Reality Records
Cy Grant, Transatlantic
45 : Psalms for the Grail, etc.
Single: King Cricket(Garfield Sobers)/Learie Constantine


Over 90 entries listed in BBC Sound Archives between 1954 and 1982
among them the Plays: Prisoners Progress, Blackamore Dandy, Cindy Ella
Upright Now My Country & I World Service 197-
The Way of Nature (A series of meditations on the Tao te Ching)
World Service of the BBC, 1980 (Repeated 1982)
Toussaint, Part 2 Tree of Liberty World Service 1990
Featured in Salutations (Radio 2 series paying tribute to black entertainers) 1993?
Caribbean Cocktail (Alex Pascall Desert Island style series) 1994

Own Series for Radio 2:
Rhythms of the Sun 197-
Calypso Chronicles, 1994
Panning for Gold, 1995
Amazing Grace 1997.


Ring of Steel Pan sounds and symbols (1999)
War Memoirs: A Member of the RAF of Indeterminate Race (2006)
Blackness and the Dreaming Soul (2007)


The Tree of Liberty in the Caribbean (Narrative Anthology) South Bank 1989:
(Bi-Centennary French Revolution)
Cheltenham Festival of Literature 1989
Negritude Revisited (from book Blackness & the Dreaming Soul):
Dartington Conference What Future for the Arts l988,
Open University Third World Studies Summer School 1989,90
Center for African Studies, Birmingham University, 1989
Loughborough University 1990
Influences: Central Library, Coventry
Return to My Native Land: Birmingham Museum
Only Connecting: A.E.M.S advisors and teachers, Trent Polytechnic, Exeter School
Columbus as Icon (From Blackness & the Dreaming Soul):
Open University Summer School, 1992
David Pitt Memorial Lecture: British Library 1998


Papers&Reviews Resurgence Magazine
extract Blackness & the Dreaming Soul Wasafiri, 1989
Colour & Prejudice, Concord in Devon Report. 1985
Poem, Caribbean Voices (Anthology John Figueroa)
Poem, Bluefoot Traveller (Anthology West Indian Poets in Britain ed James Berry)
Mother Country, (Chapter 1 - Blackness and the Dreaming Soul) Kykoveral 1996


Dartington Conference - What Future for the arts? (paper) 1988

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