“Caribbeanising” Shakespeare: Shakespeare in the Caribbean/The Caribbean in Shakespeare
The British Council Caribbean Office is collaborating with CXC to promote the documentary film Shakespeare in the Caribbean/The Caribbean in Shakespeare. The film is an excellent resource for Caribbean teachers and students doing English B. See narrative for the film and link to view it below.
After 50 years or so of political independence, Shakespeare remains a hugely significant presence in the education systems of the Caribbean (both Anglo and Hispanophone). His plays are still set-texts on most secondary school literature syllabuses, are staged at drama schools and are regularly taught at tertiary institutions.
Despite independence and in stark contrast to the de-colonising projects of writers such as Derek Walcott, George Lamming and Aime Cesaire, Shakespeare in the Caribbean continued for many years to be a traditional, even reactionary force. His works were often taught and performed in accordance with outdated pre-independence modalities, despite an uneasy sense on the part of a growing number of younger educators and theatre practitioners that such modalities were anachronistic in a post-colonial world.
In 2016, the British Council commissioned a short documentary film to mark the quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s death. Read more