Isle aux Morts The­atre Fes­ti­val gets off to a solid start with Da Kood­ens

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - NEWS - BY ROS­ALYN ROY Ros­alyn.roy@gulfnews.ca Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

ISLE AUX MORTS, NL – If you’re look­ing for an af­ford­able night out with friends that fea­tures good home cook­ing and more than a few laughs, then look no fur­ther than Da Kood­ens.

The pop­u­lar com­edy troupe is back for this year’s Isle aux Morts The­atre Fes­ti­val.

They opened the 2017 fes­ti­val at the Hairy­man’s Safe Haven Café on June 29, per­form­ing a to­tal of 16 com­edy acts. The au­di­ence was treated wide range of sub­ject mat­ter, from timely skits about U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, to more tra­di­tional acts such as a cou­ple of gos­sipy women hang­ing out their laun­dry, all with that dis­tinct New­found­land flair.

At times the per­form­ers, all vol­un­teers, even showed a tal­ent for im­pro­vi­sa­tion.

Now in its ninth year, Da Kood­ens came up with its name when the cast gamely de­cided that they “couldn’t dance … couldn’t act … and most couldn’t even sing.”

De­spite that dec­la­ra­tion, they still de­liv­ered a fine night of fun and en­ter­tain­ment well worth the $25-per-per­son ticket.

Din­ner con­sisted of a pair of tasty pork chops with all the trim­mings, tea or cof­fee, and a gen­er­ous slice of cake for dessert.

All funds raised by Da Kood­ens will go to­wards the New­found­land Dog Mu­seum and Harvey Sea Res­cue In­ter­pre­tive Cen­tre, a project that will re­quire in ex­cess of $200,000 to com­plete.

Da Kood­ens will per­form twice more dur­ing the fes­ti­val, on July 12 and July 30. Tick­ets are avail­able at the Isle aux Morts town of­fice, on­line via eventbrite.ca or by call­ing 709-698-3441.

ROS­ALYN ROY / THE GULF NEWS

Da Kood­ens re­mains one of the an­nual Isle aux Morts The­atre Fes­ti­val’s most pop­u­lar shows.

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