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Black History Month: Daphne Joseph-Hackett

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, sherrylynclarke@nationnews.com

Added 26 February 2014


Researched by SANDRA SEALEY  Daphne Joseph-Hackett was born in 1915. Throughout her life, she gave sacrificially to the teaching profession and the growth and maturation of drama in Barbados and the Caribbean. A Latin teacher at Queen’s ColIege, and assistant mistress, Joseph-Hackett was renowned for honing the hidden talents of many students. She was for more than 30 years a dynamo in Barbadian theatre – as a tutor, producer, adjudicator, scriptwriter, actress and director. She worked with drama schools and theatre workshops conducted by the extra-mural tutors of the University Of The West Indies, helped to write an annual pantomime presented by the Barbados Festival Choir and facilitated the productions of small theatre groups through her energy and skill. As an actress she is remembered for her role in the popular 1960s local radio series the Brathwaites of Black Rock on Radio Barbados, now CBC. She was awarded the Barbados Service Star in 1985 and a prize for the most outstanding drama performance at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts – The Daphne Joseph-Hackett Award For Excellence in Drama – has been named after her. It is no wonder that when one thinks of dramatic arts in Barbados her name is the first to come to mind as she clearly had an unlimited amount of enthusiasm when it came to the arts and the development of other’s talents. In 1991, the Queen’s Park Theatre’s name was changed to the Daphne Joseph-Hackett Theatre in her honour. Joseph-Hackett died in 1988. ​ Sources: Barbados Pocket Guide.com, The Cambridge Guide to African and Caribbean Theatre, edited by Martin Banham, Errol Hill, George Woodyard. ​  


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