Father’s Day Treat – From Gouyave To Fyzabad: The Uriah Butler Story

Uriah Butler (played by Eugene Bass) at his sedition trial. TT President Carmona and party in the background along with the iconic statue of Buzz Butler in Fyzabad, Trinidad

On Father’s Day, Sunday 18 June, starting at 6:30 pm, Trinidad gives back to Grenada through theatre, at the Grenada Trade Centre. The children’s performing group, Ashanti Footprints, directed by Judy Antoine and Godfrey Luke, will host a play titled, “From Gouyave to Fyzabad: The Uriah Butler Story.”

The play was written by noted playwright, Zeno Obi Constance, Artistic Director of the Fyzabad Connection Theatre Company Ltd and will be performed by the company. Commissioned by Trinidad’s President, His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, who was born in Fyzabad, where Butler’s work was focused, the play covers Grenadian Tubal Uriah ‘Buzz’ Butler’s arrival in Trinidad, his fiery platform rhetoric and charismatic leadership which led to the famous Labour riots in Trinidad.

In President Carmona’s words: “In tribute to Butler’s role in the Caribbean Labour Movement and his charismatic leadership, this dramatisation of his life and times in his birthplace (Grenada) by any performing theatrical group is timely as it is inspirational. Such a production celebrates the life of a great Caribbean Labour leader who fought for the true representation and just right of workers. This venture is to be recognised as a notable thrust towards the further realisation of genuine Caribbean integration.”

From Gouyave to Fyzabad: The Uriah Butler Story is an honourable tribute to Grenada’s contribution towards the development of Trade Unionism in the Caribbean, and the performance at the Grenada Trade Centre on Father’s Day, 18 June, promises to be memorable, educational, entertaining, and historical. There will also be a special performance by Calypsonian Brother Valentino.

Tickets for the show are available at the Grenada Trade Centre and outlets in each parish.

TT President Carmona with (from left) parliamentary representative for Fyzabad Dr Lachram Bodoe, Playwright and Artistic Director Zeno Obi Constance, and Senator Stephen Creese

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