Thursday 16 August 2012 | By Paige Wilson
ED2012 Theatre Review: Nggrfg (Brownbox Theatre and Small Brown Package Productions)
A one-man sketch show about the life of a gay, black man called Buddy, Nggrfg is a perceptive and thought-provoking lesson in morality. Buddy is not defined by his colour or sexual orientation but by the incidents of discrimination he repeatedly experiences from ‘normal’ people. But clad in eye-liner and pink tassels, we learn that Buddy is in fact exceptional. A simple set highlighted the craft of Berend McKenzie, a superb actor and engaging story-teller who lucidly portrays several characters simultaneously. The magic of this production lies in Buddy’s capacity for maturity and forgiveness that ultimately rises above the persecution. Entertaining and tragic, Nggrfg familiarises us with torment to an uncomfortable level.
theSpace on the Mile, 3-18 Aug, 7.20pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Paige Wilson]