A MAI / Kama La Mackerel Production Dec. 8-12

ZOM-FAM is an intimate solo performance by Kama La Mackerel that combines poetry, storytelling and dance. At once personal and political, ZOM-FAM (meaning “man-woman” in Mauritian Kreol) narrates the story of a gender-creative child growing up in the 80s and 90s on the plantation island of Mauritius. Multiply-voiced and imbued with complex storytelling, ZOM-FAM interweaves narratives that bring together ancestral voices, femme tongues, broken colonial languages and a tender queer subjectivity, all of which are grappling with the legacy of plantation servitude. ⠀

Solo intimiste de Kama La Mackerel, ZOM-FAM, combine poésie, conte et danse. À la fois personnel et politique, ZOM-FAM (qui signifie « homme-femme » en kreol mauricien) est le récit d’un·e enfant transgenre vivant sur une plantation de canne à sucre à l’île Maurice pendant les années 1980-90. Maniant une multitude de voix et imprégnée d’une narration complexe, ZOM-FAM mêle invocations ancestrales, langues maternelles, débris de langages coloniaux et une subjectivité queer et délicate, dans un contexte d’esclavage et d’engagisme.

Shots from the workroom:

Shots from the tech residency:

Credits in Kama's beautiful words:

"Mathieu Leroux- dramaturge extraordinaire, attentive reader of languages beyond wordsJon Cleveland- magic maker, multi-dimensional creator, technical geniusNalo Soyini- visionary with fingers of a fairy that turns everything into goldEvan Stepanian- talented composer, creator of worlds with the ears of sorcerer • Rhodenie Desir- tu m'as permis de trouver & d'exprimer le corps spirituel dans mon œuvre. tu as complètement transformé ma vie Andrew Tay- divine mover & shaker, dedicated community-worker & remarkable choreographer who breathed life back into my dancing bodyMichael Fanfan- gifted visionary with a heart of goldSophie Gee- mentor with eyes that wash away illusionsJosh Marchesini- superstar assistant, stage manager, production manager who is always willing to take a risk to learn, to grow, to become."

A Black Theatre Workshop Production presented by NAC English Theatre’s Grand Acts of Theatre (POSTPONED)

In the studio:

The notebook holds all the secrets


Playwright, Lyricist Omari Newton

Director Diane Roberts

Performers Nindy Banks, Justin Johnson, Troy Slocum, Tali Taliwa

Sound Designer, Composer Troy Slocum

Set and Costume Designer Nalo Soyini Bruce

Lighting Designer Tim Rodrigues

Choreographer Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé

Production Manager Hannah Kirby

Technical Director Tanner Harvey

Video George Allister (VideoCompany), Patrick Boivin (VideoCompany)

Assistant Director Lydie Dubuisson

Sound Engineer Rob Denton

Stage Manager Danielle Skene

Assistant Costume Designer Courtney Moses Orbin

Nalo sometime in the early 80s, Barbados

Sometimes it's just too hot to smile. One can only hope that ribbons and frills can make up for missed opportunities.