Watler’s War, thespians sought

The Cayman Islands Drama Society is holding auditions for its June production of Watler’s War this Sunday at 3pm and Monday at 7pm.

The auditions will be held at the Prospect Playhouse, Red Bay.

Written by local playwright Colin Wilson, the play won the Cayman National Cultural Foundation 2005 playwriting competition.

Although a work of fiction, Watler’s War is based on a true story that took place in Grand Cayman during the Second World War. The Watler referred to in the title is the Watler family, whose patriarch, Major Roddy Watler, is Cayman’s forgotten hero. Although rarely, if ever, mentioned in historical discussions of the Cayman Islands, Major Watler was appointed Officer-in-Charge of the Cayman Islands Company of the Jamaican Home Guard from October 1942 to March 1945. In addition he served as Inspector of Police for some 30 years and was awarded the King George V and Queen Mary Silver Medal for Bravery, for the bravery he exhibited in rescuing 20 people marooned in Red Bay during the raging hurricane of 1932.

Watler’s War will be produced by Penny Phillips and directed by Colin Wilson. A cast of 14 is required, from ages 10 years and upwards.

Rehearsals are scheduled to start on Tuesday, 22 April. The production opens on Thursday, 12 June and runs until Saturday, 28.

Email [email protected], or call 525-1930 for further details.

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