PWT reads Mary Cuffy’s ‘Lola and the Battle of the Bugs’ Online

The National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago’s (NDATT) Playwrights Workshop Trinbago (PWT) Monthly Readers Theatre Series (MRTS), held the first Wednesday of every month, will feature the reading of the play Lola and the Battle of the Bugs by Mary Cuffy for the February instalment. The series will continue online in light of the precautionary measures implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The reading will take place via Zoom and will also be streamed live on the NDATT’s Facebook page on February 3 at 7 PM (AST GMT-4).

When Collie the Croton loses her step during the Flower Carnival, everyone knew that something was terribly wrong. Lola the Ladybug had to step into the gayelle to face Melvina the Mealy Bug to save her friend.

Mary Cuffy | Photo courtesy: Playwrights Workshop Trinbago

Mary Cuffy is an Early Childhood Curriculum Programme Facilitator and a Storyteller whose work focuses on literacy and music in early childhood. Lola and the Battle of the Bugs is her first script and is based on an unpublished book she has written. It is the latest in a series involving Lola the Ladybug, including: Lola and the Dancing Ladybugs, Lola and the Magic Sticks, Lola meets her Shape Friends, Lola and the Fascinating Cocoa Bean, and a recipe book Bake the Cocoa Cookie with Lola.

According to Cuffy, Lola and the Battle of the Bugs gives young children an introduction to stick fighting in a fun and enjoyable way. With chanting and dancing to the rhythm of the djembe drum, children will learn about this important cultural artform. Familiar characters and an exciting storyline will captivate, young and old.

She is very passionate about early childhood education and admits that her love of children’s literature and her need to contribute worthy stories to the genre are her reasons for writing. She also wants to inspire children to read, write, create, imagine and dream. All of her books are available on Amazon and can be found under the name Mary Cuffy.

Playwrights Workshop Trinbago (PWT) is inviting actors, playwrights, directors, producers and the general public to join us on Zoom and Facebook @IamNDATT to listen to the reading and participate in the discussion in the comment section of the post to assist the playwright in further development of the script.

The event will be held on Wednesday February 3, 2021 at 7 PM (AST GMT-4). CLICK HERE to join.

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PWT is a project coordinated by playwrights for the making of plays. It is dedicated to the memory and work of renowned Trinidadian scholar, academic, theatre historian, playwright and director ERROL HILL (1921-2003) and Tobagonian poet, playwright, essayist and journalist ERIC ROACH (1915-1974).

In 2021, the workshop initiated in 2003 by theatre icon, actor, playwright, director, producer and lecturer, Tony Hall (1948-2020) with support from Trinity in Trinidad Study Away Programme of Trinity College, Hartford, C.T. Lordstreet Theatre’s Jouvay Institute and the National Drama Association of Trinidad & Tobago, celebrates its 18th Anniversary. It continues to have its Monthly Readers Theatre Series on the first Wednesday of every month. Playwrights and aspiring playwrights are reminded that scripts read at the Monthly Readers Theatre Series can qualify for further development at the Annual New Play Festival.

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