After a successful run at last year’s Hamilton Fringe Festival, winning Best of Venue for the Theatre Aquarius Studio, York’s student-run Little Black Afro is back with another innovative piece this year – Carbon Copies.
In Carbon Copies, Aaron is transported into a world made of old memoires and photos after developing rolls of film at home. In this new world, he encounters six people, each stuck reliving moments captured in the images. Aaron navigates his way through this alternate reality, only to discover that he is at the mercy of some else’s impressions of the past.
Inspired by photography, Carbon Copies gives audiences a uniquely Canadian perspective on memory through the art of spoken word and slam poetry. Billed as a drama comedy, eight poets will take the audience on a visual and linguistic journey through moment in their lives that help define who they are today. A picture is worth a thousand words, come find out what they are.
York theatre student Luke Reece, co-founder of Little Black Afro Theatre, is the director of Carbon Copies; student Katie Powe, Little Black Afro Theatre Company production manager, is responsible for costume, lighting and dramaturge with Jordan Laffrenier; and set and sound design is by student Steph Rpaoso, who also acts in the play. The play was written by the mostly York theatre student cast and crew.
Ten per cent of the box office will be donated to the Hamilton Youth Poetry Slam, an organization dedicated to providing a platform for youth to transform their experiences into opportunities for positive personal and community change.
Little Black Afro Theatre produces stylistically diverse performance by connecting multidisciplinary artists with local charities who are advocating for the same contemporary social issues.
The one-hour play, Carbon Copies, is playing at the 2014 Hamilton Fringe Festival at Mills Hardware, 95 King St. E., Hamilton, Friday, July 25 at 8pm, Saturday, July 26 at 12:30pm and Sunday, July 27 at 9pm. Tickets are $10 with a $4 fringe backer button. For more information, visit the Hamilton Fringe Festival website or the Little Black Afro Theatre Company website.