Multinesia Productions

BLACK FAGGOT

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It's not easy being young, gay and Samoan - especially when God and your mother are watching.

Black Faggot is award-winning playwright Victor Rodger's response to the debate over New Zealand's same-sex marriage bill. Victor saw young people marching in a Destiny Church rally against gay marriage and thought, "at least one of those kids will be gay and feeling quite wretched about himself." The result is a series of hilarious and poignant monologues grappling with the challenges faced by young, gay men growing up in Auckland's immigrant Polynesian communities.

Black Faggot was the runaway hit of the 2013 Auckland Fringe Festival, winning five awards including the inaugural "Tiki Tour Ready" award, which took the show to the Melbourne Fringe Festival. There it won two more awards, going on to Brisbane's World Theatre Festival and returning to sold-out seasons and rave reviews at the NZ Festival in Wellington and at Auckland's Herald Theatre.

Now we're taking the show global. Black Faggot has been selected for the New Zealand season at Edinburgh in August 2014. We're one of a dozen shows and 200 Kiwi artists proudly representing our culture on the world stage.

Black Faggot will be featured in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the prestigious Assembly Roxy theatre. The Fringe is the largest performing arts festival in the world, with 3,000+ shows and an audience of 4 million. It's an extraordinary opportunity to develop new audiences and meet international producers, promoters and presenters.

We've received generous support from Creative New Zealand to help cover travel costs, but we still need to pay for expenses like venue hire, marketing and publicity, artist fees, accommodation and meals. Your support is critical to our success. Every donation, large or small, makes a huge difference. 

"… launches the turbo-charged hilarity of superior sketch comedy into a poignant and humane plea for tolerance." The Age - Melbourne

UPDATES

  • 126% BOOSTED!

    38 MONTHS AGO

    Wow. Just wow. We set a goal of $2,500 and, thanks to your generosity and belief in BLACK FAGGOT, we've achieved $3,150. The Boosted campaign really has boosted the cast and crew. Your koha will go toward home cooked meals to keep the team theatre-fit. And the bonus? We can now have a wee dram with our haggis crisps.

    We'd love to keep in contact by providing updates from Edinburgh and heads up about our next projects. Please send us your e-mail to theatre@multinesia.com.

    And a simple, heartfelt, thank you.

  • 126% BOOSTED!

    38 MONTHS AGO

    Wow. Just wow. We set a goal of $2,500 and, thanks to your generosity and belief in BLACK FAGGOT, we've achieved $3,150. The Boosted campaign really has boosted the cast and crew. Your koha will go toward home cooked meals to keep the team theatre-fit. And the bonus? We can now have a wee dram with our haggis crisps.

    We'd love to keep in contact by providing updates from Edinburgh and heads up about our next projects. Please send us your e-mail to theatre@multinesia.com.

    And a simple, heartfelt, thank you.

  • Black Faggot at The Basement

    38 MONTHS AGO

    Black Faggot wrapped another sold-out season in Auckland last weekend at The Basement, where it all began. We launched our Boosted campaign at opening night and we're already more than halfway there thanks to our marvellous donors (that's you).

    This special season was an opportunity for our new team to hit the boards in training for Edinburgh. Original, award-winning cast member Beulah Koale was joined by new boy Fasitua Amosa - and they blew the audience away. "Hilarious, sad, witty & thought-provoking," raved Local Auckland. "I laughed myself raw and experienced moments of true compassion simultaneously for the whole hour," posted another fan.

    We got more great media coverage. GayNZ.com interviewed writer Victor Rodger, who honoured the cast and director Roy Ward: “For me it’s a play where you go ‘God what a tour de force by the actors and what amazing direction'.” Fasi told Auckland City Harbour News, "This show is special in that it's an honest and visceral look at the Samoan gay community." Metro's Simon Wilson said the play, "... deserves every bit of its success." Beulah did a spot on Flava FM with Dave Fane & the Full Phat Breakfast crew, and dedicated the show to his cousin who had a tough time coming out in a religious Samoan family.

    We continue to be blown away by your love and support. Huge thanks to our fans and donors. We literally couldn't do it without you!

    Black Faggot at The Basement