Hanged for murder in 1920 – Kesnoh play

Hanged for murder in 1920 – Kesnoh play

(PRESS RELEASE) – Theatre goers will visit the cell of a convict, whose story sent shock waves around Saint Lucia in the early 1900’s.

KESNOH, a play written by dramatist McDonald Dixon and directed by poet Kendel Hippolyte is being staged one hundred years after the execution. This historical play is based on the actual events surrounding a well planned and executed murder of one of the three men carrying the payroll for the La Caye Sugar Factory, Saint Lucia, on December 20th 2019.

The 75-minute dramatic presentation is set in the prison cell of one of the two men convicted for the murder. Kesnoh, is a fascinating story dramatized by Elijah Williams and Henzel Samuel in a riveting one-act masterpiece. Among other things, the play speaks to then emerging science of ballistics and its use in convicting a felon in a British court.

Hippolyte says, “What I find amazing is how NOW this play is. It’s exploring race and class issues of Saint Lucia one hundred years ago and it’s still talking to us about our reality now. Makes you wonder.”

The production is presented by the Nobel Laureate Committee in collaboration with 758 Books and will be staged in Castries on Friday March 27th and Saturday March 28th at 758 Books, Gablewoods Mall from 7:30 p.m. Subsequently, the production will tour the communities of Dennery, Laborie and Choiseul in April. Admission is $20. The public is urged to experience a captivating part of Saint Lucian history through theatre.


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