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Black Faggot – Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Writer: Victor Rodger

Director: Roy Ward

Reviewer: Deborah Klayman

It is clear to see whyBlack Faggothas been described as the “runaway hit” of the Auckland and Melbourne Fringe Festivals. Kiwi/Samoan playwright Victor Rodgers has tapped into the humour, hurt and humanity of a range of beautifully drawn characters all struggling to reconcile being gay, black, Samoan, and part of mainstream New Zealand society.

The script is cleverly written: laugh-out-loud funny at the outset, but increasingly multi-layered. The many comic characters gradually reveal a softer side and more poignant experiences as the show progresses, and Rodgers makes a point of showing all types of gay characters – from “fafa’s” to macho rugby players – steering clear of stereotypes. Roy Ward’s simple yet effective direction makes the most of the actors’ physicality and vocal ranges, with the monologues and dualogues deftly delineated by little more than subtle lighting changes. The actors are both versatile, switching between characters (and genders) with ease and aplomb.

The most fully formed story, “Undercover brother” with James gathering the courage to come out, is handled with both sensitivity and a lightness of touch, and the reaction of his mother and brother portrayed with absolute sincerity. Christian’s direct discourse with a God he feels made him “this way” yet doesn’t like gay lifestyles, shifts from a frank attempt to “pray the gay away” to a heart-rending plea for help that cannot fail to move. Most heartening of all, the play is both positive and hopeful, showing acceptance and hinting that there is a better future ahead for the next generation of “Black Faggot”s.

Runs until 25thAug

Writer: Victor Rodger Director: Roy Ward Reviewer: Deborah Klayman It is clear to see whyBlack Faggothas been described as the “runaway hit” of the Auckland and Melbourne Fringe Festivals. Kiwi/Samoan playwright Victor Rodgers has tapped into the humour, hurt and humanity of a range of beautifully drawn characters all struggling to reconcile being gay, black, Samoan, and part of mainstream New Zealand society. The script is cleverly written: laugh-out-loud funny at the outset, but increasingly multi-layered. The many comic characters gradually reveal a softer side and more poignant experiences as the show progresses, and Rodgers makes a point of showing…

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Touching, hilarious, and brave.

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