Cayman’s favourite comedy, Rundown, returns to the Harquail Theatre on 25 March for three weekends of laughter.
Many of the show’s regular cast members are back for another round of comedy, along with some newcomers.
Rundown has made Cayman’s theatre-goers laugh at themselves for 20 years with fresh material each year, pertinent to the times and events.
This year’s show is directed and designed by Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s Artistic Director Henry Muttoo, but due to the emigration of main writer David Martins, Muttoo has for the most part written it as well.
“We have a core of six or so, and subsequent to the auditions in December, we now have a cast of about 10,” says Muttoo. “The script is being pulled together at the moment with a couple of classic pieces adapted around which we’ll build the show.”
The show is a mixture of comedy and song, performed in a review style with loosely linked skits.
Staying up to date
“Things happen, so you like to be up to date, and it develops as you go along,” Muttoo says. “People do get in touch and suggest politics and so on, but I have to keep reminding them that this is funny. Sometimes they want you to says things they would like to say.”
Leroy Holness, Morgan Da Costa, Rita Estevanovich and Quincy Brown, veterans of the Rundown bunch, are back again this year to make audiences laugh.
“Rundown is always a great show to be a part of. The cast is like family, and we each bring something unique to the show,” says Estevanovich. “I will not, unfortunately, play a lizard this year. But I do promise some other animal kingdom moments.”
Holness entertains with his familiar Ital Rasta character, and in one skit, Quincy Brown plays a popular host on Cock Crow Radio’s Talkacross listeners’ call-in programme.
Brown also has a major singing role in the show.
Other familiar Rundown players are Brian Braggs, Michael McLaughlin, Fritz McPherson, Giselle Webb and Evelyn Walsh.
Joining the Rundown cast for the first time is Lorna Bush, to whom audiences were introduced as Ma in last year’s performance of De Honeymoon Over.
Cayman’s multicultural mix, especially with its many accents and the misunderstandings that can occur as a result, has always been a Rundown favourite, and this year is no exception.
“We do review things and make fun of certain things, a lot of which is topical but some of which could lend itself to virtually any society,” Muttoo says.
The performance dates are 25-27 and 31 March, and 1-3 and 7-10 April. For information, call 949-5477.