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Duppy Whisperer called out for Boxing Day

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Undercover detective Sheg-Up takes statements from the hapless ‘victims’ Adassa (Camille Davis), Coby (Courtney Wilson) and Gerda (Sharee Elise).
Dr Seefur (Glen Campbell) and his wife Adassa (Camille Davis) share a domestic moment in Patrick Brown’s ‘Duppy Whisperer’, opening on Boxing Day at Centrestage, New Kingston.
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Playwright Patrick Brown has summoned the duppy whisperer for his Christmas production, a character who professes that he has the ability to summon the dead.

Though business is quite brisk for the good Dr Seefur, we find out soon enough that this self-styled whisperer is not quite what he has made himself out to be. Things actually come to a comedic head when a real live duppy ends up being summoned by Seefur. Like the barking dog catching up with the car, Seefur doesn't quite know what to do, as the duppy 'tek set'.

The comedic genius of the decorated playwright, Brown, is not a whisper, but on full display, and with a bonus. There is a Halloween-type scariness which takes the comedy to even greater heights.

Perennial crowd-pleaser Glen 'Titus' Campbell takes on the role of archetypal Jamaican conman Dr Seefur. He is ably supported once again by the Jambiz Krew. Camille Davis provides a good foil for Campbell, playing his wife, Adassa, an able but too-often-reluctant assistant.

Dr Seefur is large and in charge, owing in large measure to his enviable reputation to connect people of this world with dearly departed loved ones in the 'nedder world' at will.

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Everything is going according to plan for the goodly doctor. A bevy of clients and the dollars are rolling in until things take an interesting tune - a real duppy appears. Pandemonium reigns supreme. First man fi run? Dr Seefur.

The cast is rounded out by other Jambiz regulars in Sakina Deer, Courtney Wilson and Sharee Elise, along with recent recruit David Crossgill.

After its world premiere on Boxing Day, Duppy Whisperer will set off on its regular run at Centrestage, playing 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.