October 27, 2020

Ghett Out stirs Lion Centre into frenzy


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Shebada lit up the stage in Ghett Out.

Nothing could prepare first time viewers for Ghett Out.

The Lion Centre audience screamed wildly, gyrated, laughed and waved at the very first sight of Keith Ramsey also known as “Shebada”.

Dressed up in old, raggedy, boxer-like, short trousers, a tight fitting, green T-shirt and a woman’s headband. The bare footed Shebada stepped out, igniting a screaming frenzy.

The signature pose of Keith Ramsey, which mimics a feisty, contentious and pompous ghetto girl, was the first sign of drama.

The extent of the frenzy became far more unfathomable when the controversial entertainer started talking feistily in Jamaican patois.

Ghett Out, written by Michael Denton and directed by B.L. Allen, provides an entertaining depiction of everyday life in the impoverished communities of Kingston, Jamaica.

The roots play tactfully deconstructs the principles and philosophies of some inner city people’s survival instincts, humourously creating questions and answers on the mentality of ghetto living.

The eclectic blend of Jamaica’s colourful social scenarios are tastefully selected and orderly sequenced throughout.

Maud, a character in the play, struggles desperately to acclimatise to the increasingly colourful and seemingly indigestible ways of ghetto life, after she was reduced by poverty from living uptown to downtown.

Maud’s husband, played by actor, Orville Hall, returns to his wife after a mysterious overstay in the United States. He discovers that in his absence she had found ways to satisfy her carnal desires.

In her desperation to find a confidant, Maud confessed her sexual exploits to the scandalous Shebada.

The play includes a combination of poverty, politics, violence, propaganda, domestic issues, religious conflict, prostitution, corruption, survival and resilience and “All Out Mix Up.”

Cast members Maxwell Grant, Stacey-Ann Brissett, Luke Ellington, Abigail Grant, Junior Williams and Orville Hall were also well received.

Despite the immensity of the turmoil and the emotional deflation of hard life depicted in the play, Ghett Out’s silver lining is its sustained concentration of humor.

Despite the complexity and seriousness of the issues tackled in Ghett Out the rip roaring humour prevails particularly when Shebada graces the stage.

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