Black Faggot

The examination of race and sexuality in theatre, though not uncommon today, could be seen as controversial and ‘not for everybody’. Striking a good balance between what’s being said and how it is presented can be tricky, but Black Faggot has managed to strike the perfect chord.

Black Faggot is undoubtedly provocative and often confronting, but it is unabashedly passionate in delivering a unique voice and powerful message

This intimate and moving two-hander, written in response to the pre-legalization debate surrounding the same-sex marriage bill in New Zealand, explores what it means to be young, gay and Samoan. Through a series of vignettes and monologues, it tackles both sides of the spectrum, from more universally known racial and homophobic slurs and bullying to refreshing and atypical scenarios that go against common stereotypes.

Throughout the hour, we are introduced to an array of colourful, intriguing, and entertaining personalities: a closeted church-goer; a shy brother; a ‘tough guy’ who is out and proud; and a doting mother who struggles with the discovery that her son is gay, to name a few. Though every storyline is different, they are all linked thematically. The two actors portray each character effortlessly and transition between them seamlessly.

Many of the local references and colloquial slang used will be lost to those who are not from New Zealand or overly familiar with Pacific Island culture, but apart from that this show is incredibly accessible. It doesn’t seek to preach or judge, but it gives the audience a raw and heartfelt hour of rarely seen or explored perspectives .

Black Faggot is undoubtedly provocative and often confronting, but it is unabashedly passionate in delivering a unique voice and powerful message. It is a wonderfully poignant, extremely brave, and emotionally stirring theatrical piece.

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The Blurb

It's not easy being young, gay and Samoan - especially when God and your mother are watching. Meet the undercover brother desperate to prove he's straight, an island mama whose beloved son turns out to be queer and a tough Samoan homo who's out, proud and in your face. This runaway hit of the Auckland and Melbourne Fringe Festivals debuts in Edinburgh following sold-out seasons in New Zealand and Australia. Filthy and funny, raw and emotional - Black Faggot will make you laugh, cry and believe in the power of love.