Diary of an Exile

Choreography: Debbie Wilson

Assistant Choreographer: Anthony Guerra

Writer: h. jay bunyan

Composer: Lucas Silveira - The Cliks

Premiere(s): Part 1: 26 November 2003; Part 2: 11 March 2005

Costume Design: Michelle Turpin - Karamea

Lighting Design: Brad Trenaman

Trinidad Promoter: Candice Clarke Andell - Artistic Director Expressions Dance Workshop

Diary of an Exile is a theatre/dance production that examines man's search for identity and belonging and was inspired by the students of Nelson Mandela Public School in Toronto who are a high risk body of children having come from broken homes, living in a depressed economic community and dealing with constant exposure to man's destructive behavior (crime, drug use, alcoholism, etc.). Diary is based on the poems of H. Jay Bunyan (a native of Guyana) and his poems speak to these children, evoking man's search for his lost identity due to emotional, geographical and historical separation. It is a universal theme relevant to people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

See excerpts of Diary of an Exile on YouTube!

History of Diary of an Exile Performances:

  • November 2003: Toronto, Canada
  • March 2005: Toronto, Canada
  • June 2006: Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • October & November 2007: Toronto, Canada
  • March 2008: Brock University, St. Catherines, Canada