Theatre Performances - huff
Showtime: Friday, November 8, 2019 - Saturday, November 9, 2019
Location: RBC Theatre
Tickets: $35.00 and up (HST included, service fees extra)
‘huff’ is the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Indigenous brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling to cope with the death of their mother. Their dream world bleeds into haunting reality, as they’re preyed on by the Trickster through hallways at the old Residential school, the abandoned motel they love more than home, and their own fragile psyche.
With his signature biting humour and raw, vivid imagery, ‘huff’ is a daring solo show by award-winning Indigenous playwright Cliff Cardinal, one of the most exciting new voices in Canadian theatre.
“Cliff Cardinal's Huff is a masterpiece in the making…[this] Hard-hitting and endlessly creative solo show shines a light on the disturbing realities of life on a reservation” – NOW Magazine
“unflinching show…will take your breath away” – The Globe & Mail
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Cliff Cardinal is a writer/performer known for his black humour and compassionate poeticism. His solo plays Stitch and huff have won numerous awards. He has performed his music on three continents. He develops his new work with The Video Cabaret where he is Artistic Associate. He is also a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and the son of iconic Canadian actress Tantoo Cardinal.
Born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Cardinal is best known for his solo play ‘huff’, which he has performed over 200 times. This hard-hitting yet hilarious show about indigenous youth who abuse solvents, at high risk of suicide has won the Buddies in Bad Times’ Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation, two Dora Awards (Outstanding Performance, Outstanding New Play), RBC’s Emerging Playwright Award, The Lustrum Award (which recognizes the greatest moments at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and was shortlisted for Amnesty International’s Freedom Of Expression Award. The production was awarded a five-star review in The Guardian Observer which called it a “hard-hitting tour de force.”