A regular on the comedy festival circuit as a comedienne in Learie Joseph’s sketches, Delores Alexander, lead actress in the original production, Better, Better Village by Eric Barry, has been involved in Best Village for the past 40 years.
She began at a very early age performing with the Barataria Community Council for several years. However, in 2008 a group of members left to form Bon Bassa Productions in 2009 and she says that evolution was amazing. She got to see the performing arts from both sides – business and performing– and it was and still is a learning curve.
Alexander feels that Better, Better Village is a very well written script by Barry who also directs the production. She says it captures much of the Best Village experience. “It is different to most of the other Best Village productions that I have been involved with, because it’s all about what happens behind the scenes, and it’s true, it’s real!” she says.
This move from the Best Village arena to the Queen’s Hall stage as a full-scale production outside of the genre, she says is thrilling. She would also like other established theatre companies to see that they may have seriously underestimated the Best Village product and that folk theatre is powerful and just as entertaining as the productions that qualify as “local theatre” and may be even more powerful, because they are our stories, a release stated.
Better, Better Village opens tonight to Sunday at Queen’s Hall from 8 pm. Showtime on Sunday is 6 pm.
Tickets are available at Queen’s Hall box office.