On Tour

“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.

This season’s tour to Montreal marks the fourth time this seminal, groundbreaking show has been remounted since its premiere in 2012.

photo by Jeremy Mimnagh

a Buddies in Bad Times Theatre production


written + performed by TAWIAH BEN M’CARTHY
directed by EVALYN PARRY
set + costumes by CAMELLIA KOO

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


Buddies in Bad Times


National Arts Centre (Ottawa)

The Cultch (Vancouver


Buddies in Bad Times


Tour Dates

MARCH 24-28, 2020
Espace Libre + Black Theatre Workshop (Montreal)