Play offered free to youth

Thanks to a sponsorship deal with Butterfield Bank, the Cayman Drama Society’s forthcoming production of Elmina’s Kitchen will see no ticket charge for 18-to 25-year-olds.

Director Bill Bewley said: ‘We are thrilled to have secured this sponsorship deal which we have been working on for a number of weeks.’

Mr. Bewley believes that it is the first time the CDS has offered free tickets to a specific age group.

The deal will also mean that the play will be professionally filmed, which the director hopes will be shown in schools and to youth groups.

‘We are currently in talks with Angela Martins, education secretary, about introducing the play into schools for the 2006/2007 academic year,’ he said.

Elmina’s Kitchen, written by Kwame Kwei-Armah, tells the story of a single father’s struggle to survive and protect his wayward son from the temptations of crime and a life of easy money.

Set in a West Indian café in Hackney, South London, Mr. Bewley said that the play has a very powerful message about the dangers of getting mixed up in crime.

‘As the play has such a powerful message we really want Cayman’s youth to come out and see it. By offering 18-to 25-year-olds free tickets we hope it will encourage them to do so,’ the director said.

The play, which, Mr. Bewley said will cost in the region of $9,000 to stage, has a cast of six and will be the third major production the CDS has performed on the refurbished stage of the Prospect Playhouse.

The play’s original script has been edited by the director, however still contains some occasional profanities, hence no one under the age of 18 will be allowed into the playhouse to see the production.

Mr. Bewley said that the cast will perform a specially edited version for the filmed production.

Rhonda Serrano, Butterfield Bank marketing officer said that the bank is proud to help bring Elmina’s Kitchen to the community of the Cayman Islands.

‘We hope that by offering our sponsorship the play will give every child/young adult and parent the opportunity to hear the message that crime does not pay. We hope this message will have a positive impact on Cayman’s future leaders.”

Elmina’s Kitchen opens this Thursday and runs until Saturday, 15 July at the Prospect Playhouse, Red Bay. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7.30pm. Tickets cost $15, available by calling the box-office on 949-5054. Corporate block tickets of 20 and 40 are also available. Visit www.caymandrama.org.ky for further information.

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