Ministry mourns theatre pioneer

Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly joins the entire cultural fraternity and the nation in mourning the loss of a cultural icon, Raymond Choo Kong.

Raymond Choo Kong dedicated much of his life to enriching Trinidad and Tobago’s theatre landscape and changing our understanding of the arts. Minister Gadsby-Dolly said “we are shocked by the untimely passing of Raymond Choo Kong, the beloved actor, playwright, producer and theatre icon.”

She continues “Choo Kong saw the necessity in passing on the vital knowledge he had to the younger generations and was one of the Ministry’s Mentors for the 2019 Mentoring by the Masters Programme.”

Choo Kong gave us plays so that we could understand our Trinbagonian identity and cherish our unique expression. Raymond Choo Kong was a celebrated producer, director, and actor who changed the landscape of Trinidad’s theatre through comedy for the past 40 years. He accomplished this through his company, Raymond Choo Kong Productions, a well-established theatre production house, which he founded. Choo Kong received a total of 18 Cacique Awards in all categories, making him the holder of the most Cacique Awards.

The Ministry of Community Development Culture and the Arts is immensely grateful for Choo Kong’s invaluable contributions and extends deepest condolences to the family, friends and theatre community at this time of loss.

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