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SummerWorks 2008 – Tawiah M’carthy’s The Kente Cloth

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Paula Citron
The Kente Cloth
SummerWorks 2008
Written and performed by Tawiah M’carthy
Directed and dramaturged by Cole J. Alvis
Theatre Centre until Aug. 17

SummerWorks is the annual festival that presents over 40 juried plays. A worthy choice is The Kente Cloth, written and performed by Ghanaian-born Tawiah M’carthy.

The Kente Cloth is a large piece of richly designed ceremonial material that a boy is given in Ghana when he becomes a man. By wrapping it around his body like a long skirt and draping the rest over his shoulders, he can take pride of place in his community.

In this moving solo show, M’carthy presents a different picture. He is given the kente cloth early because his family is worried about his homosexual tendencies.

M’carthy is a beautiful mover and his very poetic language has been turned into physical theatre by director Cole J. Alvis and choreographer Lucy Rupert. Movement and text combine to tell a haunting and heart-breaking story. M’carthy has the charisma and the talent to make this show work.

The Kente Cloth continues at the Theatre Centre until Aug. 17.

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