Trevor Rhone

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Trevor D. Rhone
Trevor Dave Rhone

(1940-03-24)24 March 1940[1]
Died15 September 2009(2009-09-15) (aged 69)[1]
Cause of deathheart attack[1]
EducationBeckford and Smith High School and St. Jago High School[1]
OccupationPlaywright and writer
Years activec. 1960-2009
Known forOld Story Time, Smile Orange, The Harder They Come, One Love[1]
Home townBellas Gate, St Catherine, Jamaica[1]
ChildrenThree[1] Traci, Trevor-David and Jonathan
RelativesNeville Rhone (brother)[1]
AwardsCommander of the Order of Distinction, Jamaica
Fellow of Rose Bruford College

Trevor Dave Rhone (24 March 1940 – 15 September 2009)[2] was a Jamaican writer, playwright and film maker. He co-wrote, with director Perry Henzell, the internationally successful film The Harder They Come (1972).[3]


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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]


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[edit]

  • It's Not My Fault Baby (1967), co-author[7]
  • The Gadget (1968)
  • Cinderella (1969), musical[7]
  • 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[7]
  • One Stop Driver (1992)
  • Dear Counselor (1997)
  • Bellas Gate Boy (c2002),[8] an autobiography,[9] earned the Actor Boy Award for "Best New Play" c2002.[9]



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.
  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,, 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. Archived from the original on 23 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  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.

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