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Ricia Paul – Dramatist/Playwright

By Victor Laptiste

One noted philosopher said:' I love acting. It is so much more real than life.' So too does Ricia; she is like a breath of fresh air on the theatre stage in Tobago. Ricia Paul is a dynamic new personality on the local scene, who has a passion for the Arts and a vision for the development of Christian Theatre in Tobago, Trinidad and the wider regions.

Her first love has always been Television Production and she chose to further her studies at the Caribbean Institute of Media & Communications at the Mona Campus, Jamaica - University of the West Indies where she graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media and Communications specializing in Television Production.

She is one of the talented daughters of Jimmy and Sylvia Paul of New Grange Development, Sou Sou Lands, formerly of Bon Accord where she spent her early days and attended the Bon Accord Government School.

Her years at Signal Hill Secondary School were focused mainly on the academics and in 2006 she graduated with her full complement of Advanced Level subjects .

As far back as she can remember she has been a dedicated member of the Maranatha Christian Assembly from the early years at Sunday School and moving on to activities among the youths in concerts, drama, bible quizzes, camps and a host of interesting programmes. The Junior Choir which was led by Cheryl Sandy served as a platform for several youths branching off into careers in music, drama, public relations, Christian education, evangelism or missions.

She emphasises that her main goal is to portray the life and teachings of Jesus Christ; her productions would be quite different from the sensuous offerings to which many theatergoers have been attracted over the last few years.

She said: "My inspiration is mainly from a lot of the things I see around me……things that play out in everyday life."

She loves Script Writing, producing for the theatre stage, television or even dramatic pieces for street theatre. Ricia also envisions herself being a Feature Writer in the newspaper on matters pertaining to the Arts. She adores the 'Total Local' concept of the television station Gayelle; their productions are among her favourite locally and in the Caribbean she greatly appreciates the works of Playwright Patrick Browne.

Jamaican Actor and Humorist Oliver Samuels of 'Oliver at large' fame is one whom she holds in high esteem. Back home in 2010 she set about putting into practice many of the wonderful ideas which had occupied her mind for years.

She established the Group - The Way Productions and is the Creative Director. She is indeed grateful for the support of her Pastor -Rev Dr Egbert Brebnor who facilitated the staging of her first dramatic production - Eagles Wings Airlines.

Ricia is currently preparing for her third production entitled 'Contradictions' which would be staged at Signal Hill Secondary on July 1.

While she would like to see the completion of our Cultural Centre she thinks that a small theatre dedicated to the Arts with all the necessary lighting and facilities in an intimate setting would be ideal.

One of her favourite quotations is from Oscar Wilde which reads: 'Children begin by loving their parents and after a time they judge them and rarely , if ever, do they forgive them.'

She is magnanimous in praise of her parents who practice what they taught them from early days. Her message especially to our youths is: 'We are Christian young people. A lot of people think that we are disconnected and unrealistic but we go through the same issues, challenges, struggles and temptations. We simply strive towards a better way to deal with it.'

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Anonymous said on Friday, Apr 13 at 3:25 AM

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Anonymous said on Friday, Apr 13 at 3:27 AM

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Koko said on Saturday, Apr 14 at 7:01 PM

...that our talents are to be used to give back unto our Creator through his son Christ... Congrats Ricia on answering the call and setting an exceptional bar in dramatic productions in our island. I am proud of you and truly inspired as a young person in Christ also... so continue to lean NOT to your own understanding and just avail yourself to God to be used to continue exuding Christian excellence in EVERYTHING that you do... Be Blessed Always!!!

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Sher said on Sunday, Apr 15 at 6:00 AM

Well done Ricia! You have worked diligently in making your passions and dreams become a reality. God is in control of your life and continue to allow him to use you for his purpose. May your work also continue to inspire many Trinbagonians and the world at large. Keep on striving for excellence.

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