Even if the Cambridge Footlights name doesn’t ring a bell, the odds are good that you will recognize at least one of this group’s famous alumni that includes stars of stage and screen.
Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, John Oliver, Sue Perkins, Simon Bird, Clive James, John Cleese and more have all tread the boards with the Cambridge Footlights – a most impressive ensemble.
On Sept. 28 and 29, the Cayman Drama Society will host members of the show as part of their international tour. It’s a unique opportunity to see one of the world’s leading student comedy clubs.
The Cambridge Footlights International Tour is a sketch show, written and performed by a select group of students from the University of Cambridge. The show has been touring for more than 50 years, yet the Cambridge Footlights actually started in 1883.
The Cayman leg is the end of the international part of this tour, “Love Handles.” The team will then return to Cambridge for the final dates. There are 10 in the tour party, including performers, writers, directors, technicians and managers.
The Cayman Drama Society will host and chaperon the students Sept. 27-30 during their visit. Aside from the shows at the theater, the troupe will also perform at a number of schools and colleges on island and hold workshops on performing comedy, improvisation, writing, directing and technical aspects. They will also discuss university selections at some of the schools and what life is like at Oxbridge.
Drama society education fund
The Cayman Drama Society has been providing quality live theater in the Cayman Islands for 45 years, staging around 200 shows. Many young Caymanians have grown up in the theater (whether as cast members or backstage crew) and a few have even gone on to pursue careers in the performing arts.
Youth programs are a huge part of CDS’s focus, and 2015 was the first year that CDS was able to offer Script2Stage – a two-week summer school for teens, where they were also able to provide funds for two talented individuals who otherwise could not have afforded to participate.
The society will use the visit of the Cambridge Footlights to launch Cayman Drama Society’s Educational Fund, with the aim of supporting youth development and providing funds to students to further their drama and theater arts studies at the university level.
To kick-start the fund, all proceeds the society receives from the two Cambridge Footlights shows will be donated to the fund.
Maples and Calder is the lead sponsor of the Cayman Islands leg of the Cambridge Footlights International Tour, and the Marriott Seven Mile Beach Resort is providing accommodations for the tour team.
The CDS, in association with Maples and Calder, will host a welcome reception at the Marriott on Sunday. Residents who are Cambridge alumni will be invited, and Governor Helen Kilpatrick, an alumni of Kings College Cambridge, will be a guest.
Bios of the Cambridge Footlights team and details of the rest of the tour can be found at footlightsontour.co.uk.
Performances at the Prospect Playhouse Theatre will be on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Happy Hour prices at the bar from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets available online through cds.ky.