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Trevor Rhone

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Trevor Dave Rhone 24 March 1940 – 15 September 2009 was a Jamaican writer, playwright and film maker He co-wrote, with director Perry Henzell, the internationally successful film The Harder They Come 1972


  • 1 Life
  • 2 Death
  • 3 Works
    • 31 Publications of plays
    • 32 Films
  • 4 Honours
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Trevor Rhone, was the last child of twenty-three, grew up in a tiny town of Bellas Gate in Jamaica After seeing his first play at the age of nine he fell in love with theatre Educated at Beckford & Smith High School now known as the St Jago High School, , He began his theatre career as a teacher after a three-year stint at Rose Bruford College, an English drama school, where he studied in the early 1960s on scholarship He was part of the renaissance of Jamaican theatre in the early 1970s Rhone participated in a group called Theatre '77, which established The Barn, a small theatre in Kingston, Jamaica, to stage local performances The vision of the group that came together in 1965 was that in 12 years, by 1977, there would be professional theatre in Jamaica

His prolific work includes the films The Harder They Come 1972, co-author; Smile Orange 1974, based on his play of the same name; Top Rankin′; Milk and Honey 1988, winner; One Love 2003, Cannes Film Festival favorite

He was awarded the Musgrave Gold Medal in 1988 for his work by the Institute of Jamaica


Trevor D Rhone died on 15 September 2009 of a massive heart attack, and was buried in Bellas Gate, St Catherine, Jamaica He is survived by his three children, Traci, Trevor-David and Jonathan, wife Camella and grandchild Sofia in 2006


Publications of plays

  • It's Not My Fault Baby 1967, co-author
  • The Gadget 1968
  • Cinderella 1969, musical
  • Music Boy 1971
  • Sleeper 1972
  • Comic Strip 1973
  • Everyman 1980
  • Old Story Time 1981 - new 2010 Longman edition includes CSEC-specific study notes ISBN 978-1-4082-4514-9
  • Two Can Play 1982
  • The Game 1985
  • Family Planning Musical 1989
  • All in One 1991
  • The Power 1992, commissioned by BBC Radio
  • One Stop Driver 1992
  • Dear Counselor 1997
  • Bellas Gate Boy c2002, an autobiography, earned the Actor Boy Award for "Best New Play" c2002


  • The Harder They Come 1972, co-author
  • Smile Orange 1974, based on his play of the same name
  • Top Rankin'
  • Milk and Honey 1988, Toronto Festival of Festivals and Genie Award winner
  • One Love 2003, Cannes Film Festival favourite


  • Commander of the Order of Distinction
  • Focus of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre's film festival in New York in March 2006
  • Fellow of Rose Bruford College theatre school
  • Jamaica Gleaner Honour Award for contributions to the arts 2007
  • Gold Musgrave Medal, 1988

For a more complete list see Awards and Honours


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Campbell, Howard 20 September 2009 "Curtains close Stage - A playwright's journey to greatness" Jamaica Gleaner 3,022: 17  |access-date= requires |url= help
  2. ^ "Trevor D Rhone, 69 - Caribbean Playwright Co-Wrote 'The Harder They Come'", The Washington Post, 17 September 2009
  3. ^ "′Harder They Come′ writer looks back", Doug Miller, BobMarleycom, 28 March 2007
  4. ^ Trevor Rhone, a Writer of the Harder They Come, Dies at 69, Rob Kenner, The New York Times, 21 September 2009
  5. ^ Jamaica Gleaner, 2006-04-16
  6. ^ "Musgrave Awardees" Institute of Jamaica Archived from the original on 18 October 2014 Retrieved 6 February 2015 
  7. ^ a b c d "What Does Trevor Rhone Do" Archived from the original on 21 October 2009 Retrieved 2009-09-25 CS1 maint: Unfit url link
  8. ^ Rhone, Trevor 30 June 2004 Bellas Gate Boy Macmillan Caribbean ISBN 978-1-4050-3116-5 
  9. ^ a b c O'Neill, Kinisha 31 March 2003 "close&personal with Trevor Rhone" Jamaica Gleaner Retrieved 2009-09-24 
  10. ^ a b c d e "CCT to Honour Trevor Rhone In New York" Jamaica Information Service JIS 22 February 2006 Retrieved 2009-09-24 
  11. ^ "Review of Bellas Gate Boy" Macmillan Caribbean 2008 Retrieved 2009-09-24 

External links

  • Trevor Rhone's internet home at the Wayback Machine archived 27 October 2009
  • Theatre in Jamaica
  • Trevor Rhone Official Website
  • trevorrhoneartistspage on Facebook
  • "′Harder They Come′ writer looks back", Doug Miller, BobMarleycom, 28 March 2007

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