Black Faggot

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Black Faggot sounds like it should be offensive. The r18 on the ticket suggests that you may want to shield your eyes at some point. But the reality is far from that. In person, Black Faggot is an impressive, fast paced piece of theatre that makes you laugh, makes you cry and portrays sex with all the gross details in a way that makes it seem normal rather than crude.

Indeed, if there is anything I got from Black Faggot, it is that sex is normal, love is normal and importantly being gay is normal. And when I say normal I feel like I should clarify – normal as in literally the norm, natural, not bizarre in the slightest.

On that note, being gay is not a choice.

But deciding whether to stay in the closet or not is. Deciding to get married and have a family despite knowing that you’re gay is. And I think I’m safe to say that despite leaps and bounds in acceptance that is still not easy.

So, are you out and proud? An undercover brother? Or desperately hoping that you might pray away the gay?

Iaheto Ah Hi and Taofia Pelesasa under the direction of Roy Ward give life to these ideas as they whip through a series of monologues, interwoven and mashed together by playwright Victor Rodger. From church goer to fa’afafine to closeted to out and proud it can be confusing at times but in that way where by conclusion all the threads have been sewn together and the confuddlement no longer exists.

Performing on a blank (and might I add rather large version of the Herald’s) stage Ah Hi and Pelesasa make their space their own, careening and launching through locations and characters. It doesn’t let up, it’s fast paced and looks like an absolute work out to perform but the boys have it under their control. They own that stage.

Black Faggot is really a special show to watch. It takes what some may consider to be a ‘niche’ topic, taboo or like the rating suggests ‘r18’ and portrays it in a way that feels real, lived, not niche, normal.

Black Faggot is on at The Herald Theatre until this Saturday. (They’ve actually added another Saturday show!) Find more info and tickets here.

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