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​Handmade Trini Soap

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

My name is Danielle Dieffenthaller and I made Trinidad’s best known TV soap opera, Westwood Park.

I’m from Trinidad AND Tobago. It seems quite limiting and stupid to me when people box me in as a “West” Girl. I live in Shorelands or Bayshore, depending on who I’m arguing with. According to the people who put up an illegal gate in the road cutting me off from the rest of the neighbourhood, I live in Bayshore… Except Bayshore too, have put up barriers; I guess I live in limbo land.

We lost Dad, Bunny, last year but my mother, Claire, is still alive. I was six when my parents got divorced. I remember grieving for my father as if he had died. I missed his presence terribly. I don't think I ever shook that feeling of complete abandonment. It got better over the years. My daughter was seven and my son was one when I got divorced myself. They are my whole family now.

My brothers Kees, Hans and John are in Kes the Band. We grew up in two different households but have managed to maintain a bond. I’ve watched their development from day one and documented their progression from their very first band so it's all very natural for me. I get the “Kees's sister" a lot but I see it as payback multiplied by ten for all the Westwood Park years they had to endure being "Danielle's little brothers". They never asked me to shake a tambourine. I would be a definite disaster. Respect to all the tambourine players out there.


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​Handmade Trini Soap

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

My name is Danielle Dieffenthaller and I made Trinidad’s best known TV soap opera, Westwood Park.

I’m from Trinidad AND Tobago. It seems quite limiting and stupid to me when people box me in as a “West” Girl. I live in Shorelands or Bayshore, depending on who I’m arguing with. According to the people who put up an illegal gate in the road cutting me off from the rest of the neighbourhood, I live in Bayshore… Except Bayshore too, have put up barriers; I guess I live in limbo land.

We lost Dad, Bunny, last year but my mother, Claire, is still alive. I was six when my parents got divorced. I remember grieving for my father as if he had died. I missed his presence terribly. I don't think I ever shook that feeling of complete abandonment. It got better over the years. My daughter was seven and my son was one when I got divorced myself. They are my whole family now.

My brothers Kees, Hans and John are in Kes the Band. We grew up in two different households but have managed to maintain a bond. I’ve watched their development from day one and documented their progression from their very first band so it's all very natural for me. I get the “Kees's sister" a lot but I see it as payback multiplied by ten for all the Westwood Park years they had to endure being "Danielle's little brothers". They never asked me to shake a tambourine. I would be a definite disaster. Respect to all the tambourine players out there.


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