A good Rundown, or stew, has a little bit of everything in it. And like its namesake, RUNDOWN, is a smorgasbord of nationalities, headlines, catchy tunes and hot topics that have kept Cayman’s audiences coming back for second and third helpings over the past 21 years! This annual comedy revue was the brainchild of Dave Martins, and over the decades, it has been one of the most popular stage productions in the Cayman Islands. In every pot, there’s a serving for everyone --- politicians, media, the man on the street, expatriates and even our (in)famous chickens and ‘greenies’. RUNDOWN is not to be missed, especially if you are new to Cayman and really want to embrace the multicultural society that is Cayman. RUNDOWN is written, designed and directed by Henry Muttoo and features a star studded cast of local actors and musicians.
Interview with Henry Muttoo, CNCF Artistic Director
• How did Rundown start?
The show was created by singer/ songwriter, author and former CNCF Chairman, Dave Martins, who wrote every show until 2008. The first show was staged at the Harquail Theatre in 1991 and has returned each year without pause. Even after the Harquail Theatre was badly damaged in Hurricane Ivan, Rundown was presented at The Cayman Prep School auditorium and at Mary Miller Hall. After that, it returned home to the Harquail stage. The first cast included Alan Ebanks, Consuelo Ebanks, Tony Rowlands, Herbie Martins, Harwell McCoy and Leroy Holness. The writing is now in my hands too but I’ve directed all of the shows, to date.
• Can you tell us a little about the show this year?
What can we expect for Rundown 2013? Aundiences can expect the same high quality, hilarious show, touching on some of the 'issues' in the Cayman atmosphere. For example, the whole election scenario is heating up this year to fever pitch so, that could be a topic to come under the Rundown radar. What audiences shouldn't expect, is that the show will say everything they want to say and won't. Rundown is a comedy. What we try to do is find the funny angles to our lives and take them to an almost farcical level.
•Are there are surprises this year? Any new material or characters?
All the material is new but topics will remain very current and familiar, very familiar. In terms of new characters, the idea is to keep certain characters constant so that there's a recognition factor - like Ital the Rasta, for example. That way, audiences can follow their lives. Many people who have seen Rundown over the years often ask, "Is so and so going to be in it this year?" But yes, we do have one or two new characters and new actors. Surprises? We have lots but If I told what they are, they would no longer be surprises, would they? Besides, it's nice to keep the audiences guessing. I mean, we are learning very fast from some situations. Haven’t we all been left guessing about the timing of the West Bay Road closure?
• Obviously elections are coming up - how might that inform the content of the show?
An imminent election obviously offers great scope for good theatre and in our case laugh-out-loud comedy. It seems, though, that some potential candidates are playing 'cat and mouse' with us. They don't seem to realise that they are causing me untold headaches by not declaring early. I have a skit I'm working on but it will have to remain unfinished until Nomination Day.
• What actors will be in the ensemble?
The usual "Rundown clowns" - Michael McLaughlin, Leroy Holness, Priscilla Pouchie, Giselle Webb, Leron Lawrence, Peter Kosa and the relatively new "Rundown jokers" - Jacoline Frank, Vijay Singhera, Judy Singh, Andy Blake. All of these actors are very talented and many of them are quite experienced so, we are looking forward to giving our audiences a terrific and funny show.
•Will there be any new faces? Anyone in particular to look out for?
Yes. The two new-comers are Ansel Tempral and Juliet Garricks. They don't know yet that once they are bitten, so to speak, they will be hooked for life.
• For someone who may not have seen the show before, can you describe it?
A satirical, musical comedy that reflects our own interpretations of what goes on in Cayman. It is presented, as satires go, in a quite harmless style with the idea that we laugh best when we laugh at ourselves.
• Why are satirical productions, like Rundown, important for our, or any, community?
Any kind of theatre is important to a community. Satirical theatre is simply another way the artist interprets society. Every society needs the artist's voice. Theatre is play, and play in the context of the stage means that it is not real. The same goes for Rundown - nothing is real, no matter how it resembles a situation or a person we know.
The ideas and opinions expressed in Rundown are not the opinions of CockCrow Entertainment – they are actually not actually O-pinions at all but, rather, E-pinions which, in Rundown parlance means – entertainment. Any names called or not called, or otherwise mentioned by any actor/mentioner is not actually the nomenclature of the said actor/mentionee or anyone sick, living or dead but a reasonably unreasonable facsimile or miragee faxed by the faxer to the faxee and is entirely accidental and meant slowly and solely for laughs.
RUNDOWN 2013 • HARQUAIL THEATRE • APRIL 25 TO MAY 12 • THURS. - SAT. 8:00PM SUN. 6:00PM • TICKETS $25 ADULTS & $15 CHILD • FROM FUNKY TANGS, ALL FOSTER'S SUPERMARKETS & CNCF 949-5477 • DON'T MISS IT!
F.J. Harquail Cultural Centre 17 Harquail Drive
P.O. Box 30201 Grand Cayman KY1-1201 Cayman Islands
Phone: 345 949 5477 Fax 345 949 4519