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Re: “Fuck This, I’m Out

It's a shame the writer didn't actually see Salt.

It was the only play I've EVER seen in Halifax student theatre with an indigenous lead actor, and all of the the main characters (more than one of whom were people of colour) were portrayed with real depth and attention to the experiences of racialized minorities. The writer spent a lot of time interviewing indigenous people in the arts community before finishing the script, and the play was accompanied by a talk-back with members of the local indigenous community. The project brought a lot of awareness and conversation to the (extremely white-dominated) Kings and student theatre communities I certainly feel far more aware of indigenous issues because I saw it.

There also wasn't a trans character in the play. One character was gay, and talked about considering changing her name (mostly for artistic reasons), but none of what she said could have been interpreted by someone in the audience as playing around with being trans. Obviously this doesn't solve the issue of trans visibility in theatre, but Salt was hardly appropriative of the trans experience, given that it wasn't relevant to the play.

I would urge the writer to stick to criticizing shows that she has seen. The issue of racial, female and LGBTQ visibility and appropriation in Halifax theatre is very real (does anyone remember the Black Dragon Mountain debacle?) and the community as a whole needs to be much more conscious of the diversity of its audiences. But attacking a play intended to combat the white- and straight-washing of student theatre (quite successfully, I think the broad consensus would agree), for me, takes away a lot of credibility from this article.

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Posted by dangerops on 12/16/2016 at 11:33 AM

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