The 24th annual comedic production of ‘Rundown’, which opened last week, provides a light-hearted viewpoint of the current ‘goings on’ in Cayman. The play, written, designed and directed by Henry Mutoo, artistic director of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF), highlights a number of situations and subjects affecting; Caymanians, the wider society and the country at large. Set in the ‘Rundown rehearsal yard’ the show features several skits, (auditions) centred on current ‘hot’ topics. In the centre of the yard is an enduring and iconic Caymanian symbol- a catboat (‘The Brac Cat’), the boat is plastered with newspaper articles and much of the skits are centered on headline news and the issues being discussed on the ever popular talk shows. The opening number features some of the prominent politicians of the day (via head pieces showcasing the likeliness of several MLAs) who, as politicians are wont to do, are persuasively citing reasons why persons should join their parties.
Commentary on various issues and changes taking place in Cayman over the past year, from the prevalence of modern technology, think cell phone’s taking ‘ufies’ to cameras on every street corner and the possibility of tracking, bugging and spying that can occur, to the increasingly frequent power outages, and the ardent and incessant advocacy of Cayman’s favourite Jordanian are interspersed between calypsonian songs making much ado over the latest ‘marl road’ news.
Frequent mention is made of the socio-political effects of all the ‘FOI’s being done, the condescending tones of certain editorials and cartoons and the favoured expressions of a few political representatives. Indeed an entire skit is devoted to the Leader of Opposition’s reiteration of his being wronged and like Jesus, ‘suffering greatly at the hands of those he loved.’ Not to be left out, the ‘Premier’ also shares a few insights on the gains his government has made; ‘unemployment down, treasury up, increase in number of tourists’. Ezzard and Arden not be outdone have their say, of course, over the airwaves, so that we are sure not to forget, as Mr McLean so often declares, “ What they are doing to Caymanians in this country is wrong.”
The cast do a fantastic job in bringing out the humour in even the most controversial of subjects, however, amidst all the ‘poking fun’ is an underlying message that the times are changing, and things are getting too serious in Cayman, ‘we forgetting how to laugh at ourselves.’ The production ends with an entreaty to the people of the Cayman Islands to ‘learn to get along and let integrity lead the way so that we can enjoy the land and make our home a paradise.’