The newly formed Backyard Caboose Theatre Company got its first public airing at Dart Family Park’s amphitheatre last Saturday.
The near perfect outdoor setting added to the ambience of the event that was similar in feel to Gimme Story, the international storytelling festival held in Cayman each year.
Rather than the stage drama one might have expected, the evening’s entertainment comprised a diverse selection of Caymanian-based poetry, monologues and performances from various artists.
The master of ceremonies for the night was the founding member, Quincy Brown. The actor, broadcaster and comedian brought his considerable talents to the fore in keeping the audience entertained between acts.
Though there were several no-shows, the eventual line-up included story teller Fritz McPherson, who, having rejected his scheduled offering in favour of a serious dramatic monologue on local crime, drew a mixed response from the largely family audience.
Radio Cayman’s Susan Watson followed with a poem about being patriotic and flying the flag, which went down very well. Others who came on stage were banjo player Lorenzo Berry, accompanied on the bongo drums by Burmon Scott; and Marci Riaghan, who read a self-penned monologue on her childhood memories of Cayman Brac.
For many, the high point of the evening must surely have been the largely ad libbed sketch by comedy duo Sookie and Zeekiel.
The pair, who practically stole the show with their wry observations and fondness for running each other down, had the audience roaring with laughter and begging for more.
The evening, which had promised to amuse, entertain and educate, fully met expectations and whetted the appetite for further offerings from the theatre company.
Cut short by a darkening sky and the threat of rain and thunder, the event finished abruptly but nevertheless brightened the weekend for many here who look forward to more cultural performances, which are avowedly Caymanian in content.
The theatre company’s next storytelling event will be next month in West Bay, with the date and venue to be announced.