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Patrick Brown goes back to school this Christmas

Published:Saturday | December 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The wily old 'Fox' (Courtney Wilson, second right) is on the loose in the Alligator High staffroom, as he tries to woo the 'playing hard-fe-get' Mrs Sonya Lee (Sharee Elise, right). Action from the 2014-15 Jambiz Christmas Production, Patrick Brown's...

After his 2006 masterpiece, Class Of '73, wowed audiences across Jamaica and the Caribbean diaspora in North America and the United Kingdom, award-winning playwright Patrick Brown once again turns to the country's ailing education system for inspiration in his 2014 Christmas production, Saving Alligator High. The show will have its world premiere at the Centerstage Theatre in New Kingston on Boxing Day, December 26, at 5 p.m.

Set in the staffroom of a typical underperforming secondary school, Saving Alligator High, explores the shenanigans of a set of teachers, the likes of whom many may not be aware exist, but are scattered across the local education system.

bedevilling the system

In typical Patrick Brown style, viewers will come face to face with the many challenges bedevilling the system, and Brown uses a comedic vehicle to carry his story, dishing out the 'laugh-a-line' comedy many have come to expect from his prolific pen.

The characters in Brown's tour de force, are once again brought to life by the Jambiz Krew, led as usual by the wily comedic veteran, Glen 'Titus' Campbell. Crowd favourite Camille Davis again shows why she is regarded as one of the finest young actresses around with another performance from the top drawer. The exciting cast is rounded out by other Jambiz regulars namely Courtney Wilson, Sakina Deer and Sharee Elise. It will also introduce the Excelsior Community College (School of the Performing Arts) graduate, David Crosskill, who is steadily making an impression with his hilarious portrayals on stage.

Crosskill appears as Shotty Shotty Sean - the area don, and personifies one of the main occupational hazards of teaching in the local school system. His very presence causes all to cower in fear. But ironically, it is this very fear which the playwright uses as a catalyst for change for the better, giving hope for a brighter future despite the seemingly insurmountable challenges.

As an ensemble, the cast is already running like a well-oiled comedic engine, and is now merely in fine-tuning mode as the countdown to opening night is on in earnest.

After its world premiere on Boxing Day, Saving Alligator High will set off on its regular run at the theatre, playing on Tuesdays to Fridays at 8 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The production will also play on public holidays at 5 p.m., and 8 p.m.