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Jan 18, 2011

Closing curtains; goodbye to theatre’s Joey Clarke

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Joey Clarke passed away from a massive heart attack on Monday night as he was receiving medical treatment. Clarke, a playwright and actor, moved to Belize in March 2009 and married Senator, Lisa Shoman. He staged a number of successful plays that revitalized theatre. Tributes were flowing in today from the many who worked along with him on stage. News Five’s Marion Ali has this story.

Marion Ali, Reporting

Local theatre has been dealt another blow by the sudden passing of renowned playwright, director and actor, Joey Clark.  Clark’s plays, “Treasure”, “The Best Medicine” and “Devilish” received rave reviews.  Two of Clarke’s protégés, Clyve Myers and Jackie Castillo, say that despite challenging moments, it was an honor to have had worked along with him  on his production called, “Treasure”.

Clyve Myers, Actor, “Treasure” stage play

“As an amateur for me it was frustrating because I wasn’t used to somebody just wanting something to be his way so bad, but at the end of the day when we did the shows I saw exactly what he was striving for.”

Jackie Castillo, Actress, “Treasure” stage play

“As hard as it was to work with him because we’re two very strong-minded people, was his wit.  He had a wittiness about him that would transcend itself from off the stage. He’s a renaissance man, you know, he was someone that looked at things outside of the box but also wanted everything around him to reflect who he was and what he represented as an artist.”

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The forty-seven year old playwright moved to Belize less than two years ago and since then his contributions to the arts in Belize have been noted among many in his field, and his death just days after notable actress, Carrie Fairweather, has left a void in the industry.

Jackie Castillo

“It’s a little bit sad to say that in less than two weeks Belize lost two very great writers, which is something in the essence of art and theatre, even in small plays and like that, Ms Carrie Fairweather, she was a writer, and Joey Clarke, a wonderful writer.”

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Clyve Myers

“He simply wanted us to be moved, he wanted us to bring out that inner actor or actress that we had in all of us.”

Notwithstanding the late night rehearsals and many hours on the stage going over the script to a point of almost perfection, Castillo and Myers say they have worked under one of the best.

Clyve Myers

“Actually I am proud of myself and I’m proud of the work and the efforts he put into making that successful. It was an honour working with him and he will truly be missed.”

Jackie Castillo

“Subliminally, the messages were always there. It was an interesting thing to see for a young person like myself to interact with someone who’s had experience like street plays from Jamaica and things like that. It was very interesting to see that from Joey Clark and that is what I’m going to remember.”

Marion Ali for News Five.

Clarke was born in England in 1963 but was raised in the Caribbean and moved to Belize in March of 2009.  He was only in Belize for a couple months when he staged two plays, The Promise and Lesson for Lovers, both of which were finalists in the Belize Theatre Company’s playwriting competition.  He was also a well-known director, playwright and performer in St Lucia, Trinidad and Jamaica. Clarke’s play “Best Medicine” premiered in December at the Biltmore. It is being produced for television by this station and will be aired in the weeks ahead. Clarke will be laid to rest on Saturday.


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7 Responses for “Closing curtains; goodbye to theatre’s Joey Clarke”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    THANK GOD…………………. FOR BLESSING US WITH HIS PRESENCE………………………

  2. rod says:

    condolences to lisa shoman and his family another good person will be missed.

  3. Sarango says:

    Condolences to you, Mrs. Lisa Shoman.
    from the Dueck/Sarango Family.

  4. vigilante justice 316 says:

    I’ve never seen any of his plays, but its good to know we had such talent in Belize. It’s sad to know that another good one has gone to soon. My condolences to his family.

  5. So Disappointed says:

    Such a talented artist, it is so sad. He made me laugh when laughter was non existent in my life. God bless you. RIP Mr. Clarke………

  6. Ingrid Wilson says:

    I grew up with Joey in Jamaica and I am so proud of him and his accomplishments. My condolences to his family. Love you Aunt Dorothy – ingrid

  7. Gavin Wellington says:

    I have known him since the late 70′s. One of the most intelligent and witty individuals I have ever had the honour of calling a friend. We could spend hours talking and splitting our sides with laughter, telling jokes, during the summers and on weekends growing up in Jamaica. He basically was my very first best friend and a major part of my childhood years.

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