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A commitment difficult to match
For more than five decades, veteran actor Stanley Marshall worked in local theatre, not for money or the glory but for the love of it, and made his mark. He brought to the artform not just his talent, but a level of commitment that would be difficult to match. Mr Marshall, who died at his Diego Martin home last weekend, was a pillar of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop (TTW) and served on the executive of the National Drama Association (NDATT) for several terms. He was also a mentor to many actors and threatre activists over the years, helping many to hone their skills on and off stage.
As a founding member of the TTW, along with Errol Jones and Claude Reid, Mr Marshall helped create the plays of Derek Walcott, who went on to win the Nobel Prize, so that those plays are now known around the world—as well as the name and reputation of the amateur theatre group that was first based at the Little Carib and in the basement of Bretton Hall. He and Mr Jones ran the TTW for a dozen years after it parted ways with its creator, and were among those who ensured that it is is still in existence over half a century later. It says much for Mr Marshall’s acting talent that his most memorable role was that of Moustique—Mosquito—in Walcott’s Dream on Monkey Mountain. Playing the sidekick of the protagonist, Makak, Mr Marshall brought both pathos and dignity to the part.
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