CNCF presents new Rundown

Rundown has helped Cayman’s theatre-goers laugh at themselves for 20 years with fresh material each year, pertinent to the times and events. This year’s comedy is not only directed and designed by CNCF’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. The show is a mixture of comedy and song, performed in a review style with loosely linked skits.

Leroy Holness, Morgan DaCosta, Rita Estevanovich and Quincy Brown, seniors of the ‘Rundown Bunch’ are back again this year to make you laugh ‘til your belly hurts’. Holness entertains with his familiar “Ital” Rasta character and in one skit, Quincy Brown plays a popular host on the 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 the one and only Evelyn Walsh. Joining the Rundown cast for the first time is Lorna Bush, to whom audiences were introduced as ‘Ma’ in the ‘De Honeymoon Over’.

Cayman’s multicultural mix, especially 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 have a core of six or so and subsequent to the auditions in December, we now have a cast of about 10. The script is being pulled together at the moment with a couple of classic pieces adapted around which we’ll build the show,” Muttoo says.

“Things happen, so you like to be up to date and it develops as you go along. 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 say things they would like to say. 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,” he adds.

Planning is also under way for Cayfest, which, given a reduction in the Foundation’s funding, has been scaled down somewhat this year. During January the planning of the various competitions commenced and the photography and short film competitions are now underway.

For more information on Rundown, Cayfest or any of the programmes of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, visit their website at www.artscayman.org or call 949-5477

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Michael McLaughlin, left, and Brian Braggs discuss real world events in Rundown.

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