There are the movies: The Lunatic, Dancehall Queen, Third World Cop and First Sunday. Now prepare for Paul Campbell: The Life and Times of Jamaican Movie Star, a one-man performance, scheduled to open at the Miramar Cultural Center/Arts Park in Florida, in December 2010.
From one of Jamaica’s harshest ghettos to the glamour and glitz of Hollywood, Paul Campbell, is one of Jamaica’s most talented actors.
Over the last two decades, Campbell’s stage and film performances have brought him wide recognition and awards within and outside the Caribbean.
Paul Campbell: The Life and Times of a Jamaican Movie Star, it is said will introduce audiences to the versatility of the home grown thespian. The production is a powerful story of a Jamaican actor who struggles to fulfill his life’s dream of becoming the best at his craft. It is not your typical Hollywood-movie-star-rags-to-riches tale but a Jamaican telling of that same story.
The play, as the title suggests, is about Campbell’s development personally and professionally, and highlights incredible odds and unrelenting perseverance. The story delineates aspects of Campbell’s life as he developed as a person and as an actor. Along the way, it also offers a gritty perspective of Jamaican life and culture that many will find astounding and eye opening.
Campbell to many, especially in his homeland, Jamaica, is not just an actor but also a favorite “movie star.” The play also represents a new wave in theatre with high definition interactive segments and a mixture of comedy and reality, it is destined to leave the audiences with a new perspective on one-man stage shows.