In a whirlwind of positive energy, acclaimed Jamaican actress Terri Salmon has stormed into Canada for yet another theatrical season. Salmon is here to perform in Devon Haughton’s production of Me Get Mi Landed.
“I’ve had to hit the ground running,” says Salmon, who joined rehearsals already in progress. “I am a stickler for adequate preparation through rehearsals. I believe the most critical factor for an actress in the production of a play, is the rehearsal period.”
For Salmon, the investment of time – even outside of the formal rehearsal – is the most important period in the production process.
“I have to immerse myself – to learn about, feel out and ultimately become, my character – so that when we hit the stage, the audience is satisfied.”
Salmon will play the cantankerous, wig-wearing Tatti in the comedic drama laced with intrigue, suspense and deceit.
Salmon comes to Toronto through Kingston, her hometown, where she spent a short time “catching her breath” after an exhilarating season performing in London, England, where she received phenomenal reviews for her theatrical work.
“I have been doing a lot of work in the United Kingdom and Canada,” says Salmon. “The Caribbean Diaspora is so appreciative and welcoming in both countries – and it’s such a pleasure to bring a small piece of Jamaica to them.”
For Salmon, the excitement of performing for audiences across the globe and joining the team to bring Jamaican flavour into new spaces is what keeps her going.
“I have been a performer for as long as I have been working and one of the lessons I have learned is the importance of teamwork. Creative work makes a greater impression when the chemistry is right…and this chemistry is right,” she says.
Salmon is looking forward to the run of Me Get Mi Landed and working alongside several colleagues with whom she has previously performed.
“My dream has come true,” she says, “working with a team I respect, doing the thing I love most, and taking Jamaican theatre ‘to the werl’, as they say in Jamaica.”
That was a reference to the expression made famous by the dance move performed by Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, following his Olympic wins in Beijing.
Me Get Mi Landed will be performed in Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Scarborough, Barrie, Hamilton, Oshawa and Ottawa – on weekends – from Saturday, April 11 until Saturday, May 16.
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