Bertram Charles

Bertram Charles
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Born(1937-09-04)September 4, 1937
Victoria, British Guiana
DiedNovember 11, 1994(1994-11-11) (aged 57)
EducationGoldsmiths College, London University
Theatre director/producer,
Years active1955-1990


Bertram Israel Augustus Charles (given birth to 4 Sept 1937) was an influential Caribbean playwright who, using the theater firm he founded, Related Arts Group, wrote and produced has in Georgetown, Guyana. Between 1963 and 1971 he created sixteen one action and full-length has at The Theater Guild of Guyana Playhouse, including, THE FINISH from the Affair, (1968), The Alexin of our Get rid of (1969) and IN YOUR Narrow Wall space, (1971). Today, on the net, a couple of 5 Bertram Charles has in 10 magazines held by 42 libraries all over the world, like the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., The Uk Library as well as the School of Toronto.

Education and career

Given birth to in Victoria, Guyana, Charles was active in Guyanese theater from 1955, and travelled to London to wait Goldsmiths University, London University to review, Literature, Conversation and Episode. In London he became a member of a theatre organization mounted on The Park Street Theatre known as Related Arts Group. He required part in a number of productions there, aswell as in college student productions at Goldsmiths. He came back to Guyana and his house town, Victoria in 1963 and organised some Creole Breakfast time Mornings (Breakfast time with an objective) with the purpose of bringing in and uplifting his regional arts community and developing a local edition from the Related Arts Group. Using the Related Arts Band of Victoria and with the encouragement of Frank Thomasson and Ken Corsbie he started writing and adding productions in the Theater Guild's Playhouse. Together with, Harold Bascom, Francis Quamina Farrier, Frank Pilgrim, Ian McDonald, Ian Vals, Sheik Sadeek and Paloma Mohamed, Charles added to 1 of Guyanese theatre's most effective eras. He also worked well as a instructor, probably at Alleyne's SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in Georgetown.

Style, influence and legacy

Joycelynne Loncke cites Charles among the pioneers of public commentary in Guyanese theatre in her portion of Beacons of Brilliance. In 2012, journalist Al Creighton stated about Charles, "He's known among Guyanese playwrights for his distinct curiosity about the mysteries of individual existence. His mainly one-act has are deeply existentialist using a tragic feeling, and universal instead of identifiably regional in placing." In 1969, Clifford Stanley from the Guyanese Chronicle defined his play, The Alexin of our treat, as "a tense compassionate play underlining the energy of your brain." and, Another place someplace, being a "challenging and hard-hitting" portrayal from the plight of the “un-accommodated” Guy. Guyanese playwrights, Harold Bascom and Ronald Hollingsworth both cite Charles as a significant impact. Today, Ras Michael, Ed Creighton Ronald Hollingsworth and many more, recognise that Charles and his just work at The Theater Guild of Guyana added to a fantastic age group of Guyanese theater that has however to become equalled. Not just that, over 50 years after Bertram's primary Creole breakfast time event in Victoria community, they remain being kept. Ewalt Ainsworth reminisced in his 2015 blog page: "the foundation from the breakfast time morning hours in Guyana being a house spun gadget by instructor/ playwright/ community activist Bertram Charles who acquired migrated in 1955 and came back twelve years afterwards with an objective".


The End from the Affair, Theatre Arts Guild, 1968 The Alexin of Our Treat, Theatre Arts Guild, 1969 Another Place Somewhere, Theatre Guild Playhouse, with Charlyn De Burst as Jeane, 1969 In your Narrow Wall space, Theatre Arts Guild, 1971 Papa's Idol, Theatre Arts Guild, 1990 The Ties That Bind, Theatre Arts Guild, 1990


Our Problem and Other Tales, Guyana, 1970 The Alexin of Our Treat, 2 editions 1960, 1970, THE FINISH from the Affair, 1968,