Like Father Like Son, another big dancehall theatre hit
Irish and Chin's formula of dancehall and theatre proved to be a winning combination a second time around, as their recent staging of Like Father Like Son was a sold-out affair, attracting revellers of all ages to the York College auditorium in Queens.
A scene from Like Father Like Son
The organisers feel that as a direct result of the strong street team and endorsement of IrieJam Radio, the play's presence was felt throughout New York.
The massive turned out in droves to take in Like Father Like Son. All in attendance soaked in the dancehall vibes of DJ Roy as they prepared themselves for the play's belly-busting laughter. From old to new selections, DJ Roy energised the crowd and gave them their money's worth.
Given the recent state of the economy and stress in the nation, everyone was seeking wholesome, incident-free entertainment, and their craving was more than fulfilled. So, at the end of the night, smiles embellished the faces of attendees.
To make the night complete, the cast of the bashment play exceeded expectations, causing the audience to erupt in wall-to-wall laughter. Staging this play was definitely somewhat of a risk for promoters Irish and Chin as it wasn't initially a hit in Jamaica. Actually, Like Father Like Son was an older play, which preceded Bashment Granny. To conquer this challenge, Irish and Chin capitalised on the Bashment Granny element.
"We had to approach the promotions of this play differently," says the play's promoter Garfield 'Chin' Bourne. "Because the cast was much more famous then the play itself, we took advantage of that factor and promoted the play featuring a star-studded cast."
The play's all-star cast included the immensely popular Keith 'Shebada' Ramsay, Maxwell 'Maama Man' Grant, Gardfield 'Badboy Trevor' Reid, Deon Silvera, Abigail 'Babalita' Grant, Stede 'Jooky Jam' Flash, Dainty 'Angel' Bellafonte, Shemane Wisdom and
Their fusion of dancehall and theatre worked like a charm and Irish and Chin boasted the largest staging of Like Father Like Son in the Tri-state area. Interestngly, the promoters were criticised by hardcore fans for staging plays, particularly because of their extensive efforts dedicated to sound clash entertainment over the years. Clearly, this endeavour expanded Irish and Chin's audience. Namely, it captured a female fan base that was missing while staging clashes.
According to Chin, "Our music is not what it used to be . it has become too dark and angry. With all that we're facing in today's world, laughter is a necessity... I will always love sound clashing, but a balance is needed," the promoter added.
He says that fans can look forward to Irish and Chin being involved in many diverse events in the future. The company has tackled producing worldwide events, artiste and sound system managment, and now the staging of plays.