The latest in the long line of Trevor Rhone successes, Bellas Gate Boy has won rave reviews wherever it is staged. This new play takes the form of a monologue, and was originally performed by the playwright himself. Named for his birthplace, Bellas Gate Boy is a hilarious account of Rhone’s early life as the youngest in a huge rural family, his first experience of the stage, and his seemingly doomed struggles to a make a Jamaican theater in which he could have a career. The tale follows Rhone’s penniless travel to London to train at Rose Bruford, the culture shocks for a West Indian in England, and eventual return to Jamaica. In a first for both Rhone and the Macmillan Caribbean Writers series, this publication includes a CD that features Rhone’s own inimitably comic performance of the monologue
Trevor Rhone was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1940 his father twenty-first and last child. He was educated in Jamaica and trained as an actor at the Rose Bruford College in London. Back in Jamaica he co-established, with Yvonne Brewster, Kingston’s Barn Theatre for professional West Indian productions. He was the Barn’s resident playwright for twelve years, his first record-breaking production being the 1971 Smile Orange, which he turned into a hit film. Later successes have included School’s Out (1974), Old Story Time(1979), Two Can Play(1982), Bellas Gate Boy(2002) and the film Milk and Honey(1988). Rhone is the recipient of many awards, including Jamaica’s 2003 Primes Minister’s Award for Lifetime Achievement and the USA NBT 2003 Living Legend Award (Film).