This collection of plays by the most popular playwright in the West Indies features the never previously published BBC-commissioned radio play The Power , along with two frequently-staged favourites from the Rhone can - Two Can Play and School's Out . In the two-hander Two Can Play , Jim and Gloria try their wildest schemes to escape Kingston gun crime and establish residence in the United States. School's Out examines the dysfunctional staff of a Jamaican school likely to turn any child into a juvenile delinquent. The Power tackles bullying, and how a young boy solves his problems by developing his self-confidence through a 'magic' trick.
Trevor Rhone was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1940, his father's twenty-first and last child. He was educated in Jamaica and trained as an actor at the Rose Bruford College, London. Back in Jamaica he co-established, with Yvonne Brewster, Kingston's Barn Theatre for professional West Indian productions. He was the Barn's resident playwright for twelve years, his first record-breaking production being the 1971 Smile Orange, which he turned into a hit film. Later successes have included School's Out (1974), Old Story Time (1979), Two Can Play (1982). Bellas Gate Boy (2002) and the film Milk and Honey (1988). Rhone is the recipient of many awards, including Jamaica's 2003 Prime Minister's Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the USA NBT 2003 Living Legend Award (Film).