This year’s Rundown is causing more problems than most.
The yearly comedic production is usually staged in March; however four months down the line and the public still haven’t been treated to their annual dose.
The reason? The Cayman National Cultural Foundation – producers of the show – is finding it hard to pin down a date.
‘We hoped to hold it in March this year, however the Harquail Theatre wasn’t ready in time,’ Henry Muttoo CNCF artistic director explained.
‘We then scheduled it for a tentative July date; however too many of the actors could not commit to this new date. It is the summer holidays, a lot of people leave the island,’ he said.
It seems the success of the Harquail Theatre – which re-opened in April with Cayfest, not Rundown as planned – is also causing problems. Bookings are coming in thick and fast, meaning Rundown is pushed back later and later in the year.
‘When we rent out the theatre we have to honour that, so we have to work around our booking schedule,’ Mr. Muttoo said. ‘Right now we are looking at September.’
Rundown, now in its 15th year, is a light-hearted, laugh-a-minute look at life in Cayman. Written by Dave Martins, the script is peppered with references to well-known people and to recent happenings in Cayman. In 2006 the show, which has become a mainstay on Cayman’s entertainment calendar was staged at the Mary Miller Hall while the Harquail underwent repairs.
‘Rundown is such an important part of the cultural calendar. A lot of people want to see it, so we don’t want to cancel it. It would be very easy to, but we are trying our best to get the show together for the public,’ Mr. Muttoo added.