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Don't miss She Mami Wata & The Pxssywitch Hunt (Available Now!)
She Mami Wata & The PxssyWitch Hunt. written and performed by d’bi.young anitafrika.
Bathed in the heat of the feminine erotic and the glow of the Caribbean sun, one of today’s most compelling performers, d’bi.young, tells the story of four friends and their entangled lives in Jamaica. Fusing memoir, music, and myth, this virtuosic performance journeys through love, loss, love and the magic of liberation. A sizzling drama that explores the intersection of identity, sexuality, gender, religion, and (de)colonization. Read the Playbill.
> Explore the 9 other plays from Jamaica to round out your Around the World in 80 Plays experience
Tickets are Pay-What-You-Choose and audiences enjoy unlimited access to the audio drama from the premiere date until June 30, 2021. You will receive an email on June 2 with a link to log into your account and listen to an embedded audio file through your computer or device. To purchase a Passport Subscription and enjoy all eight productions, CLICK HERE.
Complimentary access for Front Line Workers and members of our Free 25 and Under program sponsored by Sun Life.
CBC IDEAS - JAMAICA indepth Podcast (Available Now)
IDEAS is a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history. Using She Mami Wata & The PxssyWitch Hunt as a launching-off point, host Nahlah Ayed sits down with artists to discuss the cultural context to understand this Jamaican drama, and what it might have to say to our contemporary Canadian context. FREE
EXTEND YOUR STAY
d’bi.young anitafrika is an African-Jamaican, globally celebrated dub poet, theatre interventionist, decolonial scholar and Canadian Poet of Honour. Uhuru!—specially curated by d’bi.young for TIFA—brings together Sudanese-Canadian master musician Waleed Abdulhamid, South African theatre matriarch Napo Popo Masheane, British-Jamaican sound performance artist Mohammed Rowe and d’bi.young anitafrika hxrself. An international night of poetry, music and theatre, from TIFA 2020.
Book Recommendations from Toronto International Festival of Authors
SPOTLIGHT FROM SMALL WORLD MUSIC - Ammoye
Current nominee for The JUNO Awards, Ammoye is an infectious vocalist raised in reggae, Ammoye is originally from Jamaica, now residing in Toronto. A 4-time JUNO Nominee, the artist's upcoming album is entitled ‘Water’. She is one of Canada’s best reggae/fusion vocalists and is considered by many as Canadian reggae’s “Next Big Thing”. Her album will feature productions from Kirkledove, Dubmatix, Natural High, DJ Agile, & Black Ice Entertainment who represent the best in their fields.
‘Water’s’ first single, ‘Girl Power’, celebrates womanhood and gives her female fans their end-of-year anthem. With her second single, ‘Give It All’, already in play, it’s evident this turn of the decade LP will be sought out and highly anticipated.
Explore Arts and Culture
Take a virtual tour through the Jamaica Music Museum's exhibition, Equal Rights: Reggae and Social Change.
Explore the National Gallery of Jamaica's virtual exhibit on the work of Barrington Watson, one of Jamaica's best known artists.
Learn about the effects of WWI and WWII on Jamaicans through National Museum Jamaica's virtual exhibit.
Explore the lush gardens and some of the artwork of the Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery & Garden in Montego Bay.
Explore the Dunn's River Falls, a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios.
Learn about Jamaican and Rastafari cuisine and the various fruits and vegetables native to Jamaica.
The Theatrical Canon - jamaica
9 OTHER PLAYS CURATED BY SOULPEPPER ARTISTS AND LOCAL SCHOLARS TO READ AND ENJOY! INQUIRE ABOUT THESE TITLES AT YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP OR LIBRARY.
Fallen Angel and the Devil Concubine illustrates one of contemporary dramatic works of
the Caribbean region, which deftly evokes the cultural and socio-political environment
permeating the everyday lives of the populace in these island nations.
set in Kingston Jamaica amidst complex understandings of queerness and manhood. The
protagonist negotiates the societal demands he encounters while suffering the impact
of rape, in silence.
QPH uses the stories of three women, Queenie, Pearlie, and Hopie. Each woman takes
turns telling stories about significant moments of her life living and working in the Carribean,
culminating in her eventual settlement at an "alms house" for poor older women in Kingston.
This play tells the coming-of-age story of 15-year-old Mudgu SanKofa, a girl in Kingston,
Jamaica. Mudgu encounters her reggae-loving boyfriend, a machete-wielding stranger and
her religious aunty as she bridges the gap between innocence and maturity.
Jamaican Nine Night wake. But for Gloria’s children and grandchildren, marking her death
with a party that lasts over a week is a test. Nine nights of music, food, sharing stories – and
an endless parade of mourners.
Stafford ‘Ashani’ Harrison’s ‘Masqueraders’ draws on the playwright’s Rastafari consciousness to critique Eurocentricism and white supremacy and establish an alliance with the idealogical left that transcended race and class privilege.
Through storytelling, we are radically transforming oppressive colonial practices that continue to subjugate people. She Mami Wata is urgent because it centres queer Black love as a potent force within that process of transformation; challenging patriarchy, misogyny, racism, classism, and homophobia through the experiences of characters we see ourselves in.- d'bi.young anitafrika
All around the world and throughout history, humans have acted out the stories that are significant to them, the stories that are central to their sense of who they are, the stories that have defined their communities, and shaped their societies. When we talk about classical theatre we want to explore what that means from the many perspectives of this city. This is a celebration of our global canon.- Weyni Mengesha, Soulpepper Artistic Director
Soulpepper’s Around The World In 80 Plays series has become essential for theatre lovers. Imagine a mini international theatre festival for the ears, intellect and soul.- NOW Magazine