The administrators of the Montserrat Cultural Centre note with regret the sad passing of
playwright, versatile theatre artist and journalist David Edgecombe at the age of 69.
From early age David strove for excellence in theatre and attained it to the delight of
Montserratian audiences and theatre lovers across the region. He expressed and
enacted the view that amateur theatre does not have to be amateurish. His plays have
travelled across the region to places like Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Thomas- just to name a
few and even to as far away as Nigeria.
Moving to St. Thomas, he became Director of the Reichhold Centre for the Arts at the
University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) where he was also a Professor. In his capacity as
theater instructor at UVI, he wrote numerous plays capturing the Caribbean life
experiences thereby showcasing its unique culture and history. His theatre productions
enabled students to recognize, embrace, develop and display their talents in one form
or another. His work with the youths at UVI allowed him to spot talent and create
avenues for them to showcase these talents.
Thus his death has left a large gap in the artistic world, especially in the Caribbean
region. Understandably, volumes of tributes are coming from everywhere for this
prominent Montserratian, this exponent of the arts, and we at the Montserrat Cultural
Centre want to add our voices to the chorus. His was a huge and lasting legacy and
Montserrat in particular, is proud of this accomplished son. We express our sincere
sympathies to all of his family members and close friends. His loss is a national one.
May his soul Rest in Peace.