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Bermudian stages play at London’s Covent Garden

With ten plays under her belt, local playwright Cha’Von Clarke is used to seeing her words come to life on the theatre stage in Bermuda.

But the author is gearing up for one of her biggest opportunities yet when she debuts her latest play ‘A Moment of Innocence’ next week in Covent Garden, London, UK.

The play, which was written as a project for her master’s degree programme at Kingston University, will be featured on July 31 in the popular Camden Fringe Festival 2013.

Launched back in 2006, the Camden Fringe became an alternative to the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2009, the London-based event saw 10,600 tickets sold for 399 performances across four venues in the city.

It includes everything from stand-up, to revivals of classical plays or musical comedy — and takes place this year from July 29 — August 25.

Ms Clarke said it “meant everything” for her to showcase her talents as a playwright on the international stage.

“To be a young Bermudian female and have an opportunity like this is huge,” she told

The Royal Gazette. “This shows other talented artists that things are possible if you work hard and invest in your talent.”

The play will also feature an appearance by Bermuda’s mascot, the Gombey. Ms Clarke hopes by showcasing the beauty and talent the Island has to offer the world, that more people might be interested in visiting our shores.

Ms Clarke has been writing since she was six-years-old and admitted that “writing is my life”. “It allows me to put the zillions of ideas, thoughts, observations, understandings and lessons on paper for others to enjoy and learn from. Call it talent-based ADHD, I don’t care,” she said, with a laugh.

‘A Moment of Innocence’ tells the tale of a picnicking British couple, who arrive on a cove off of Horseshoe Bay on the second day of Cup Match.

They find a body on the sand and wife, Gabbie, becomes consumed with who the person is. She eventually begins to question how the presence affects the way she thinks of herself and the issue of national identity.

Ms Clarke said she fascinated about national identity and found that while many locals were quick to attach themselves to other countries, like England, Jamaica, the UK or Canada, there were less who embraced who they are as a citizen of Bermuda.

“I believe that some are confused because we’ve lost who we are and how wonderful we are as a people while learning from others,” she explained.

“I really realised that this was an issue when I relocated to London in 2012 and was faced with challenges based on the fact that numerous British do not recognise citizens of British colonies, like Bermuda, as British.”

Ms Clarke’s first version of the play was supposed to be comedy, but after hearing feedback from an established director in the London theatre world, she revised it to be a suspense.

The playwright is encouraging any Bermudians, based in London, to support her effort next week. She said: “Some Bermudians love theatre and flock to see plays in the West End. They now have an opportunity to support new writing and that of a fellow Bermudian.

“For those who don’t typically attend theatre performances, it is a great opportunity to feel the Bermuda love and pride in our country by supporting a Bermudian writer and seeing our beautiful Gombey on stage for the first time.”

When asked how she was feeling before her big showcase, she said she was experiencing an “avalanche of emotions” — everything from excitement and honour, to humility.

She hopes other opportunities for writing might come out of this experience and said it might also open doors for herself and other Bermudian talent.

“I believe that my God-given talent is to be used to inspire, motivate and empower others and that’s what I aim to do through playwriting, magazine articles, poetry and novels,” she said. “Through CKC Corporation, I encourage talented people to get their story out through their natural talents, no matter the avenue, music, art, dance, writing, etc”

‘A Moment of Innocence’ will be playing at the Tristan Bates Theatre on July 31 at 5.30pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.camdenfringe.com and look for ‘Kingston New Writing’.

Bermudian playwright Cha-Von Clarke is preparing to heat up the international stage with her latest play ‘A Moment of Innocence’, which will be showing in the Camden Fringe Festival in London, UK.

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Published July 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm (Updated July 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm)

Bermudian stages play at London’s Covent Garden

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