Miriamy: Playhouse gives birth to quintuplets

The script may have been written in the 1960s, but the Cayman Drama Society’s production of Miriamy still touched on themes prevalent today.

Owen Henry, right, and  Vincent Francis

Dr. Edwin Singer, played by Owen Henry, right, and reporter Bob Stevens, played by Vincent Francis.
Photo: Joanna Lewis

The play, performed by an 11-strong cast and directed by Bill and Wendy Bewley, opened at the Prospect Playhouse, Red Bay, last Thursday night and explores Caribbean morality in a comedic setting.

The overarching theme? An impending illegitimate birth, quintuplets to be precise. It’s certainly something that still would raise more than a few eyebrows, even in today’s more forgiving society.

Set on the fictitious Caribbean island of St. Midas the play tells the tale of Miriamy and the impending birth of quintuplets. As news quickly spreads, there’s a rush to find the father and march him down the aisle. Peppered throughout with quick-witted humour, the play garners ample laughs from the audience.

A relative new comer to the stage, Owen Henry put on a convincing performance as Dr. Edwin Singer, a doctor that would rather get on with the job in hand – delivering the quintuplets safely – rather than get caught up in the media circus and gossip that quickly ensues.

Likewise Cyndy Ebanks portrayed the formidable Stella Singer, the doctors wife – a gossiper and meddler of the highest order. Ms Ebanks sunk her teeth into the role, pulling the character off with panache.

Although a novice, Gwyneth Hamilton put in arguably one of the strongest performances as Miramy’s overly dramatic sister Norah, stealing the stage and making the part very much her own.

Vincent Francis did an admirable job as the determined reporter after the biggest scoop of his career.

Other actors who gave noteworthy performances included Neil Hamaty – the rather flamboyant village clerk Desmond Victorie – Andy Harrison – as the ‘dashed awkward’ Englishman Dulcibelle – and Damian Dilbert, treading the boards for the first time as the painfully shy lorry driver Timothy.

The play keeps the audience waiting until the bitter end to discover who the true father is, and with a few clever twists interwoven in the plot, maintains the interest to the very end. The only disappointment was the play ended rather quietly, instead of packing a punch.

Staged in three scenes, the production includes two intervals, allowing for scene changes. The intervals – wisely kept to 15 minutes – didn’t distract from the overall pace and with a running time of just over two hours, it was neither too long, nor too short that it left the audience feeling short-changed.

Overall, Miriamy provides a hearty, and enjoyable, dose of comedy for a fun-filled evening of theatre.

Miriamy runs until 22 September. Performances are Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $20, $10 children. Doors open at 7pm, show time is 7.30pm. For tickets call the box office on 949-5054.

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