“theatrical magic on stage”

— Positive Lite

Imprisoned in Canada for committing a violent crime, a young man from Ghana tells his cellmates a story on the eve of his release. Although there is great risk in sharing his tale, he must tell it to be truly free. Through storytelling, dance, and live music, Obaaberima chronicles a young African-Canadian’s journey across continents, genders, races, and sexualities.

Winner of the 2013 Dora Award for Outstanding Production, Obaaberima has played on stages across the country, garnering rave reviews from coast to coast.

photo by Jeremy Mimnagh

photos by Jeremy Mimnagh

Outstanding Production

-Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Outstanding Sound Design / Composition – Kobena Aquaa Harrison

-Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Outstanding Lighting Design – Michelle Ramsay

-Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Nominated: Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Performance (Male), and Outstanding Scenic Design

-Dora Mavor Moore Awards

“mesmerising… i was blown away!”

-Live with Culture

“a powerful journey”

-Vancouver Courier

“as a performance it’s a tour de force and more than earned m’carthy the raucous ovation it received. as a play it’s persuasive and touching.

-Toronto Star

“such coming-out stories are no longer groundbreaking, but m’carthy enacts this one with such intimacy and skill that it becomes one we’ve never before heard.”

-Ottawa Citizen

“intensely funny, serious and sad”

-Fab Magazine

“theatrical magic on stage”

-Positive Lite

“M’Carthy is incredibly charismatic”

-Mooney on Theatre

“a resonant script that offers a complex look at human sexuality”

-Now Magazine

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Manager of Touring

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Presentation History

Buddies in Bad Times (Toronto)

National Arts Centre (Ottawa)
The Cultch (Vancouver)

Buddies in Bad Times (Toronto, premiere)