Set on the beaches of Trinidad this bittersweet tale celebrating the art of Calypso and human friendship has been re-worked by Matura for a 2010 audience.
Professor, an ageing ex-Calypso King, has been reduced to singing on the beach for tourists accompanied by Slim, a young street boy, whom he attempts to turn from a life of crime. Earning just enough to keep themselves in rum and roti, Professor is teaching Slim the art of Calypso writing, so that they can compose a song with a melody charming enough to win the title of King of Calypso. But past glories and failures haunt Professor, leaving a bitter taste in his mouth that only rum and Slim’s company can sweeten. Wanting the world for his student, Professor has ambitions for his young protégé that stretch further than the tropical horizon: if only he can let go of the past.
Trinidad-born Don Warrington was catapulted into the public eye playing the part of Philip in ITV’s classic hit comedy series Rising Damp, and he is now known by younger audiences for his fancy footwork in Strictly Come Dancing 2008. His career has spanned theatre, film and television. His credits include Gurinder Chadha’s new film It’s A Wonderful Afterlife and for theatre Elmina’s Kitchen in the West End.
Award winning playwright Mustapha Matura is also from Trinidad. He began writing plays after moving to the UK and in 1971 he won the George Devine award for As Time Goes By. His other plays include Playboy of the West Indies and Trinidad Sisters.