“Rundown,” the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s annual comedy revue, returns to the Harquail Theatre for its 26th season starting on April 26 and running through May 13.

Fans and followers of the show will be delighted to hear that the first week will feature a special appearance by show creator Dave Martins, who has written a special song for the occasion. Martins left the island a few years ago to return to his homeland of Guyana after making his mark on Cayman’s culture for 30-plus years.

Described as “The Post-election Edition,” “Rundown 2018” is written and compiled by Henry Muttoo, with contributions from Dave Martins and Matt Brown, and features the “Institutionalized Rundown Idiots” – Matt Brown, Leroy “Ital” Holness, who has the distinction of having performed in every “Rundown” thus far, Jevaughnie Ebanks, Rita Estevanovich, Lesley-Ann Bernard, Giselle Webb, Troy Rodgers, Rachel Geopolla, newcomer Eldon Chisholm, and Aiden Watler, the youngest member of the cast. The musical arrangements are provided by George Jones and Dave Martins.

Martins created “Rundown” in 1991 and the show is now embedded in the cultural psyche of the Cayman public. People look forward to a mention in the show and may see it as an honor to be featured in the skits.

When the production first started in 1992, it was described as “one step closer to defining Caymanian theater” by the Cultural Foundation’s artistic director Henry Muttoo.

“‘Rundown’ lasting for over 25 years is a testament to the incredible hard work of all those who have been involved with the production since day one, as well as the impact the show has had on Cayman’s culture throughout the years,” says Muttoo.

“With so many entertainment options readily available these days, to have the show stand the test of time and be so successful is quite special. We must be doing something right.”

‘Rundown 2007’ with Dave Martins, far left.

The show is a mixture of comedy, satire and song told through a collection of skits, monologues and music about living life in Cayman. It depicts people from many different countries “shooting the breeze” alongside “born and bred” Caymanians. It looks at Cayman from a hilariously muddled yet cohesive viewpoint and touches on many of the issues and news stories the islands have experienced over the last year.

“It’s all about seeing the funny side of life using parody,” says Muttoo. “In this way, the events are recognizable but not real. We have seen many talented actors, young and old, come and go over the years, all honing their skills through their performances in ‘Rundown.’

“I’m looking forward to welcoming back some of these familiar faces from previous seasons this year, as well as some new characters. We have some very talented young people in whom I have every confidence for the continuity of the show.”

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation

For more than 30 years, the non-profit Cayman National Cultural Foundation has carried out its mission of stimulating, facilitating and preserving Caymanian cultural and artistic expression. The Foundation has achieved this through the extensive development of wide-ranging programs.

These programs include stage productions, creative education for young people, free workshops and financial support of artists, as well as festivals, publications, national recognition of artistic and cultural achievement and the preservation of Caymanian heritage, and arts and culture for future generations.

Opening night of ‘Rundown’ is April 26 at 8 p.m. The show will then take place on subsequent weekends on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. until May 13.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children and seniors and are available for purchase from the Cayman National Cultural Foundation office, Funky Tang’s, Healthcare Pharmacy at Grand Harbour and Foster’s Food Fair IGA locations. To reserve tickets, or to get more information about this year’s ‘Rundown,’ email [email protected], call 949-5477 or check out the Foundation’s official Facebook page @caymanculture.