Shebada's Bangarang opens today
Jamaica's favourite roots-play actor, Keith 'Shebada' Ramsay, and theatre veteran, Terri Salmon, will take the stage in David Tulloch's 'Bangarang', which opens today at the Green Gables Theatre in Kingston.
Set in the heart of downtown Kingston's commercial district, Bangarang pointedly satirises a number of Jamaica's social and political issues - from classism and corruption to prostitution and political violence.
The comedic relief provided by a well-matched cast belies the drama which eventually unfolds, a 'mix-up and blender' of epic proportions.
"I've been doing a lot of relationships in terms of the middle class, and that sort of thing, but I've never explored downtown Kingston in this kind of way," said Tulloch, who also played one of the main characters.
"So I decided to do this now, especially with what's going on with the politics and everything that's in place, how they use the garrison areas, how politicians try to usurp the power after the death of the area don, and so on. These are topics that needed to be explored."
"A lot of the people who come out to see Bangarang will also be able to relate to this immediately, because a lot of this is an everyday reality for many. I felt I kind of owed our foundation audience this kind of interaction."
Directed by B Lloyd Allen, the cast also features Chris McFarlane, Trudy Bell, Monique Ellis and Patrick Smith. Bangarang is a presentation of RBT Productions Limited, home of the immensely popular Bashment Granny series as well as Serious Business; Like Father, Like Son and Passa Passa.
Tickets, costing $1,500, are available at the box office at Green Gables Theatre, which opens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.