FULL HOUSE: FULL HOUSE[03/02/73]
LIVE ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME. Special edition devoted to the work of West Indian writers, artists, musicians and film-makers. Tape 1. Main title over studio discussion about the importance of West Indian art and culture led by Jamaican broadcaster, Canute James (1.30). Joe Melia (JM) introduces the evening (3.36). Canute James leads discussion among a mainly West Indian audience on West Indian culture and identity. BLACK BLAST!. James introduces `Black Blast!' a theatre event, and its creator Lindsay Barrett *see note at end of entry), exploring the colonisation of the Caribbean islands and its consequences through dance, mime and music (4.50). Performance of `Black Blast!' (14.27). Discussion continues on issues raised by the `event'. Edward Lucie Smith feels the piece was too simplistic and concentrated too much on race at the expense of class. Barrett disagrees (25.00). PENTECOSTAL SERVICE. JM introduces a service, filmed by Tony Laryea, coming from the Pentecostal Church of God at the Angel, Islington. Exterior shot of the Church. The service - includes shots of audience singing, playing instruments, a preacher blessing a baby, an address from the pulpit, spirit possession (37.46). POETRY. JM introduces the poetry and prose session (38.05). Evan Jones reads `Song of the Banana Man' (41.52), Samuel Selvan reads `Lonely Londoners' (46.01), John La Rose recites his poem `Prose Poem for a Conference' (47.51), Jamal Ali reads `The Ceremony' (49.59), Yvonne Jones reads `Wings of a Dove' by Edward Braithwaite (52.16), Andrew Salkey reads `Sooner or Later' by Bongo Jerry (54.08), Linton Johnson reads `Two Shades of Silence' (55.51), T-Bone Wilson reads `Ejaku - One Soul' (59.18). THE COLEHERNE. JM introduces Horace Ové's film of Russell Henderson and his band performing kaiso (calypso) at one of their regular Sunday lunchtime sessions at The Coleherne pub in Earl's Court (59.50). Exterior and interior shots of the pub, the band unloading gear and setting up, audience arriving. The music session (68.11). BAKERLOO LINE. JM introduces the television drama debut of Mustapha Matura about a black man picking up a white girl at a party. The play, performed in the studio. For credits see main entry (88.56). JM re-introduces Canute James as leader of a studio discussion on themes raised by the play (89.28). Tape 2 00-8.32 repeat of last 8 minutes of the play. Repeat of JM's introduction to studio discussion (8.48). Studio discussion on the play led by James. Andrew Salkey, Mustapha Matura, Reverend Wilfrid Wood and Linton Johnson are among the contributors (23.15). REGGAE. James introduces Count Prince Miller and New Religion who sing `Mule Train' (27.22). They perform `Silhouette' over closing credits (29.47). Total running time : (119.15). Note: James introduces the creator of `Black Blast!' as Esu Gayne (??); the credit Lindsay Barrett appears on the screen. Note: The artists of the paintings exhibited on the set are by Ray Caboo, Daphne Dennison, Errol Lloyd, George Lynch, Aubrey Williams, Llewellyn Xavier. Sculptures by Colin Barker and Ronald Moody.