‘Election 2012: What Just Happened?’ was presented on September 21 in the Grace Gym to an audience of 500 plus which must be a near-record for Abaco. People came from as far as Green Turtle Cay to enjoy this hilarious comedy which has played to rave reviews on several occasions in Nassau and also in Freeport.
Following the past three elections Michael Pintard and David Wallace have put together sketch comedies poking fun at the various political situations– ‘If You Don’t Laugh You’ll Cry’ after Election 2002 , ‘Count it Again ,Man’ after 2007 and now ‘Election 2012: What Just happened?’, all written as good family entertainment.
This was real ‘side splitting’ entertainment and the gym was exploding with laughter the entire evening. The programme commenced with a bit of audience participation to get people in the mood for what was to come. Not only was the audience encouraged to shout out to acknowledge where they were from but also to yell for the party they voted for.
The first skit ‘Roads dem, dig em up, dig em up,’ got everything off to a lively start with the hilarious dialogue and some very funny dance moves to lively Bahamian music. This skit closed with a ‘Rasta’ selling peanuts who declared that the reason he ‘switched’ parties was “they dig up my shortcut’.
The skits throughout the evening went on to explore issues surrounding the latest campaign and provided excellent impersonations of the three party leaders and their campaign ploys. Each of the parties endured much lampooning such as ‘the FNM being accused of starting Haitian settlements to win votes’ while the PLP were said to ‘have a plot to convince people that they can change unemployment though they cannot. They will fire 3,000 FNMs and hire 3,000 PLPs – that is job creation.’ Also ‘special skills required for being a member of the PLP is the ability to make the crab sign and sing the PLP song’.
Each of the actors gave spot on impersonations. Will Smith brilliantly portrayed both Perry Christie and Darrold Miller while David Wallace was very effective as Hubert Ingraham and Tamika Forbes was very amusing as Mother Pratt. Tawari Rodgers portrayed Branville McCartney well though in only a ‘bit’ part but with the memorable line; “With or without candidates we will win!”
Patrice Johnson stole the show with her portrayal of a Haitian Bahamian mama who switched allegiance to whatever party came through her door, assuring both Obie Wilchcombe and Pakeisha Parker of her support.
At the close of the performance, Michael Pintard stated that he had been asked why it took him so long to write a play this time and he replied that he did not know it would take him this long to heal. He suffered a defeat at the polls as FNM candidate for Cat Island, San Salvador and Rum Cay. During the play he was the butt of many of his own jokes.
While taking a bow he made a plea to all members of the audience to put party politics aside and work together for the good of the country. The entire cast stood at the door to greet people as they exited and thanked them for their support.
Michael Pintard is a very gifted author and three of his hilarious books were on sale. Following the performance he was happy to sign books for all purchasers. ‘Election 2012; What Just Happened?’ continues its Family Island tour with the next stop being San Salvador in two weeks’ time.