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A play written and performed by Tawiah M’Carthy, directed by Evalyn Parry
Winner of 2013 Dora Awards for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Original Sound Design and Composition, and Outstanding Lighting Design, with nominations for Best Director (Evalyn Parry), Best Performance (Tawiah M’carthy) and Best New Play, the world premiere of Obaaberima was presented by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in 2012. In 2015 Obaaberima toured to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and The Cultch in Vancouver. It was remounted as part of Buddies 40th Anniversary season in 2018/19.
Created and performed by Tawiah M’carthy
Directed by Evalyn Parry
Live music by Kobena Aquaa-Harrison
Set + costumes by Camellia Koo
Lighting by Michelle Ramsay
1/2 (out of 4)”A tour de force”
Toronto Star / read article
NNNN (out of 5) “A resonant script that offers a complex look at human sexuality”
Now magazine / read article
“Buddies once again gives voice to a thrilling storyteller.”
Blogto / read article
Fab magazine / read article
Imprisoned in Canada for committing a violent crime, a young man from Ghana tells his cellmates a story on the eve of his release. Although there is great risk in sharing his tale, he must tell it to be truly free. Through storytelling, dance, and live music, Obaaberima chronicles a young African-Canadian’s journey across continents, genders, races, and sexualities.