What we inherit, what we imagine: Makram Ayache’s audioplay The Hooves That Belonged To The Deer

The Hooves Belonged To The Deer by Makram Ayache. Poster image supplied.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca

You have until Wednesday to catch a startlingly ambitious audioplay by Makram Ayache. And you shouldn’t miss the chance.

The Hooves That Belonged To The Deer is on a grand, not to say epic, scale. Cultures, ethnicities, religions, mythologies compete and collide, as we’re flung past the contemporary prairie horizon into an ancient world. The play was part of the Alberta Queer Calendar Project a years ago. And the Peter Hinton production, with the playwright leading the cast, is now available, streamed as part of the Queer, Far, Wherever You Are series at Toronto’s Buddies In Bad Times.  

The protagonist is the quintessential outsider, a Arab Muslim boy in a white fundamentalist-Christian prairie town, where the pastor offers the temptation of belonging. The price tag is high. And it gets higher as Izzy discovers his own queerness. 

There’s a love story tainted, maybe inevitably, by the inheritance of white colonialism. Inheritance, hmm. The conflict between what is inherited and what can be imagined, in a landscape blighted by white colonialism, is the engine of the play, I thought as I listened again. 

But you’ll have your own ideas; this is a provocative play. Register at buddiesinbadtimes.com to stream. 


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