The Tobago Drama Guild took production of its hard-hitting play Blood Money to Canada on July 27 and 28, 2022. Performed at the Consulate General of Trinidad and Tobago in Toronto, the play drew crowds at capacity on both nights.
Blood Money is playwright Cherryll Birchwood Uzoruo’s latest offering to the world of theatre. It’s a compelling story about ill-gotten gains and their karmic impact within a small, interconnected community. Imaginatively directed by THABITI, the multi-talented cast honorably handled all the dramatic twists of a storyline punctuated by instantly infectious music, folklore-inspired songs and dances, and a talk-group prologue.
“It was a great experience, and that’s a pretty proverbial understatement,” Birchwood Uzoruo said. “Most of the cast and crew are making their debut on a Canadian stage. It has always been a dream of my husband, THABITI, and I have embraced the idea of a cultural exchange between the homeland, Trinidad and Tobago, and the adopted place of many, Canada. We appreciate the love, understanding of the multi-layered complexities of messaging. Going from text to presentation before a grateful audience in Canada renewed my faith in the value of the work and its claim as an educational tool and a mirror of society. Thank you all for the collective sharing and community spirit. My gratitude goes to Acting Consul General Tracey Ramsubagh-Mannette for the generous support of the Consulate and, of course, to the cast and crew of both spaces, without whom the work would not have been possible.
About the Tobago Drama Guild
Established in 1999, the Tobago Drama Guild (TTDG), Tobago’s premier theater training company, is a non-profit organization registered with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts and the Division of Tourism, Culture, Antiquities and Transportation of the Tobago House of Assembly. Its mandate is to use the arts of theater as a means to help and encourage young people to express themselves, to transform them into complete citizens of the twin island state and to make them employable in the field of culture. through certification. TTDG received the US Congressional Award for Community Service during their 2015 New York City Tour and received the Tobago Medal of Honor in Silver for their long and meritorious service to Tobago in the area of culture and the arts in 2019. They continue to fulfill their mandate to ensure that Tobago creatives in their organization have the opportunity to hone and showcase their talents internationally.