The Actor Boy Awards celebrates achievements in both the creative and technical areas of the Jamaican theatre, allocating awards for costuming, choreography and lighting as well as the most sought after awards acting and best production.
This prestigious event hosted by the Jamaican chapter of the International Theater Institute will be held in its new home, The Pantry Theatre Gardens, New Kingston on
Oliver Samuels is among the select few in Jamaican theatre to be rewarded with the national honour of Order of Distinction for his work in theatre. The Hon. Louise Bennett- Coverley inspired him, to see what the theatre mecca of
Oliver Samuels was born
Samuels who is one of Jamaican Theatre’s foremost icon, is known as the king of laughter. His first appearance on television was actually overseas when he appeared in “The Fight against Slavery” a
Oliver Samuels could be said to have come fully into his own in terms of his small screen appearances in the late 1980 to 1990s. Some of these television productions are;
· “Great Moments in Aviation”, for which the US Video Title was “Shades of Fear”.
· “Oliver” and “Oliver at Large”- the two TV series in which he appeared as himself and ‘Sarge in Charge”, in which he played the lead role.
· “Going to Extremes”-the Lorimar TV series in which he played the role of Winston.
· And in the local television series “Royal Palm Estates” and “Traxx”- appearing in both in the roll of Son-Son.
Samuels was for many years, known as ‘Mr Pantomime’- performing lead roles in LTM Pantomimes such as ‘Music Boy’, ‘Dickance for Fippance’,
‘The Witch’ and several others. He worked with most of
· Trevor Rhone’s “School Out”
· Carter Gambrill’s “All that Glitters”
· The National Theatre Trust’s “School for Scandal”
· Ed Wallace Production showing of Pat Cumper’s “The Rapest”
· The Company Limited production of Derrick Walcott’s “Pantomime” for which he shared the Best Actor award with Tony Hendricks.
Funny he is, but this man does not take his career as a joke. Along with the 1980s television series and overseas-based producers such as We Are One Theatre Company of