Black FaggotMustafa Nuristani writes …

While saying ‘black faggot’ can be difficult for some to stomach, if you can get over it, you will enjoy the show.

The theatre was filling up fast as the show debuted in Melbourne. It started with a cliché joke, which was very much intentional, as it broke the ice and got the giggles going.

The show is cheeky, as it labels those marching against homosexuals as gays in denial. At times, it can be a little shocking. Let’s be honest though; the show depends on some shock and horror. The story lines are not new, and therefore can risk crossing into ‘boring’ and cliché territory.

The struggle of being gay, whether it’s between a father-and-son, mother-and-son, boy-and-Jesus or siblings as well as society being against the ‘homo’, the show brings you all of these elements. Performers Iaheto Ah Hi and Taofia Pelesasa embrace a number of roles with versatility.

The characters are brought to life by a well-written script by Victor Rodger, winner of four national Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. There’s also great direction by Roy Ward, who is an actor, theatre director, television writer and script editor.

Overall, Black Faggot does not try to break boundaries, but it does address all the scenarios a gay man might face. The characters present an honest portrayal of the journey of those too scared to embrace their true self and those who live their life without the prejudice and judgment of society. As we all know, society will always judge, but living a life of regret will result in misery. Perhaps this is the one message that is loud and clear in this show.

Black Faggot is playing 28 September to 5 October at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

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