huff:  Finding empathy, love and hope

"We're in this together when we come and do this story. And you can feel that. It's palpable in the room." 
- Cliff Cardinal

huff, a play by award-winning Aboriginal writer, actor and musician Cliff Cardinal, has moved audiences across Canada on its national  tour, and we are delighted and proud to present it at the NAC.

The critically acclaimed play is an intimate performance in which themes of family, suicide and substance abuse are explored through indigenous storytelling. Cardinal, who portrays more than 12 characters – from animals and grandparents to young children – takes his audience on a journey to find redemption and hope in a very dark place. The staging is simple and the audience easily slips into the narrative.

“It seems like this is a show that everyone can relate to, regardless of whether or not they have experienced the subject matter,”  he said. "The audiences that we have gotten have been very responsive to it. Anyone who comes in here is probably pretty generous, and interested in seeing – and trying to go through –what these kids go through, and trying to have empathy, love and hope for the story."

huff is at the NAC studio April 29 to May 10.

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