Dat a Gwaan Jamaica reopens at the Phoenix Theatre, New Kingston, Jamaica, on November 17. The show runs for three weeks, ending on December 3, 2017. The fast-moving sketches are written and directed by actress and broadcaster Dahlia Harris. Currently referred to as the dancehall comedy revue for its content and image, Dat a Gwaan Jamaica features Orville Hall, Chris McFarlane, Maylnne Lowe, and Kadeem Wilson. The Jamaica Gleaner reports:
“The thing about the revue format is that it is usually very current, about significant issues, and raises these occurrences from over the past year in a light way – as Jamaicans would say, tek bad tings mek joke. So from Audley Shaw’s phone bill, Gully Bop and Amari’s break-up to fat women becoming more confident, we have touched all those topics,” Harris said.
“The show is family friendly, even though it has a dancehall image in the way we dress and topics we make a part of our sketches. We try not to make content that adults cannot bring their children,”
Dat a Gwaan Jamaica’s return is owed to the wide demand from local businesses and organisations that have requested private viewings. The six sketches incorporate music, dance, and comedy. Executing the various sketches requires that the actors and actresses are proficient at encapsulating the specific characters.
“The chemistry is great, but we also have disciplined characters. For example, Maylynne as Rankin Pumpkin, she nails it. Chris plays Onstage’s Winford Williams, and there are a lot more characters that we all had to make sure, physically, we could not only match, but execute,” Harris said. [. . .]