Delightful poetic night at drama studio
ACCRA DAILY GRAPHIC, November 10, 1967
Accra, Ghana – West Africa
By A Correspondent
A NIGHT to be remembered in Accra was certainly last Thursday, when Dr and Mrs Scott Kennedy who have recently arrived from America, not only entertained but enthralled a large audience at the Drama Studio. Their subject was the Poetic Life of Langston Hughes.
Both Dr and Mrs Scott Kennedy made one realise that good poems are designed to be listened to as well as read. Twenty-seven poems delighted our ears. We were swept away from a truly majestic prologue to drum accompaniment to something off beat and clever, and down to earth again with stark domesticity.
All the poems were inspired and in relating them there seemed no barrier between the audience and actors. This atmosphere must surely be that rate thing of which the promoters of the Drama Centre dreamt about.
Mrs Kennedy has a gift of being able to switch from brilliant sophistication, to winsomeness and bittersweet pathos. The timbre of her voice did not permit her to project it sufficiently at all times in the auditorium, but this no doubt could be remedied with subtle ingenious microphone methods.
Dr Kennedy was heard from every angle and the team work of these artists was superlative. Their characterisations, sometimes droll and appealing and at others sharp, urbane with comedy, and bursts of dramatic tone, was a lesson in itself to the many students at drama comprising audience.
Professor Nketia opened this unusual Literary Forum, and it was further graced by the American Ambassador Mr Franklin Williams and Mrs Williams. The Ambassador in his thanks to the promoters showed his own acting talents and was a rival to Danny Kaye!
The consensus of opinion I heard from all around was the criticism I would venture: Why applaud after each item> This was a jarring note to those who had come to hear the poems as a cycle. The applause given unstintingly from “the heart” at the conclusion was in the mood and further enhanced by the mellow notes of the Atenteben orchestra from Legon.
Dr Lee in thanking the artists hinted about a repeat performance m one night such as this and many more could be given by this excellent and very talented duo.
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