Rundown definitely going ahead

Rundown will definitely go ahead
this November, say organisers.

The popular gently satirical event
had been in question due to the emigration of long-term writer Dave Martins,
and persistent rumours had circulated that the comedy revue would not take
place as a result.

However, director Henry Muttoo said
that there was no way that he would let Rundown be allowed to fall by the
wayside.

“Once we close off Cayfest we come
up to some other programmes then we go into the summer so we’re looking at
bringing it back in November, which gives us a chance to pull it together.

“We will continue with it, it is
just a matter of time. It’s been going on too long and people are calling us
every day about it so it’s going to happen,” he said.

Mr. Muttoo said that once he had
written a basic storyline the cast would throw in ideas to bring the show
together. He noted that it had been a newsworthy year.

“People expect you to touch on those
things but sometimes it’s hard to make it funny. It’s a real skill that Dave
had so we have to try and strike a nice vibe. It’s a very benign kind of show
and we don’t want to get to the point where the show becomes personal because
it’s very easy for that to happen.

“Over the years we’ve had to steer
people away from doing a ‘soapbox show’ like you hear in the mornings,” he
added.

Skits

The set this year, he revealed,
would be based around a representation of the low wall near the fishermen at
Hammerheads. Characters would sit on the wall, talking about Cayman and notable
or relevant subjects.

One of those this year could well
be a sketch about the invasion of green iguanas into the Blues’ territory. It
could be a parody about incomers coming into other people’s land, making a
wider point without, of course, taking it too seriously, said Mr. Muttoo.

There may also be classic pieces
from some of the old scripts of the last 17 years – at least the ones that have
survived Hurricane Ivan on scripts that past cast members had salvaged from
their archives.

“We’re going to maybe use two or
three top class skits that deal with exploring language and the whole use of
language, particularly in Cayman where we have so many nationalities.

“Part of what we explore is the
idea of living in the Cayman Islands and dancing around languages; there’s
maybe an American, a Cuban, someone from the Philippines and a Jamaican all
trying to communicate but each is speaking in his own dialect and there’s
somebody trying to translate who can’t even speak English properly.

“It’s meant to be funny but also
illustrate how easy it is for people to misinterpret each other,” he explained.

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