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Maanomaa, My Brother ()

Produced by

Blue Bird Theatre Collective and Canadian Stage

Playwrights: Tawiah Ben M’carthy and Brad Cook
Director: Philip Akin


The Berkeley Street Theatre – Upstairs Theatre


April 11th, 2023 – April 30th, 2023


When childhood friends Kwame and Will reunite in Ghana for the funeral of a loved one, they realize just how much has changed since the events that separated them 25 years earlier.

As they struggle with the urge to keep stories from the past buried and the desire to connect, resurfaced memories set them on a journey to discover a truth that neither of them expected. Blending together styles of West African and Canadian theatre, Maanomaa mixes myth with reality, and the past with the present. (


Tawiah Ben M’carthy Kwame
Brad Cook Will

Creative Team

Tawiah Ben M’carthy Playwright
Brad Cook Playwright
Philip Akin Director
Aldrin Bundoc Assistant Director
Natasha Mumba Dramaturge
Wole Oguntokun Dramaturge
Anne-Marie Donovan Co-Set Conception
Brad Cook Co-Set Conception
Tawiah Ben M’carthy Co-Set Conception
Joanna Yu Costume Designer
Des’ree Gray Assistant Costume Designer
André Du Toit Lighting Designer
Christopher Elizabeth Sound Designer
Kobena Aquaa-Harrison Composer


Anna R. Kaltenbach Stage Manager
Sabrina Weinstein Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager
Wole Oguntokun Cultural Consultant / Script Consultant
Akosua Amo-Adem Dialect Coach for Will
Jane Gooderham Dialect & Voice Coach
Beth Wong Producer, Blue Bird Theatre Collective
Laura Pomeroy Producer, Blue Bird Theatre Collective
Paul Smith Education & Outreach Coordinator, Blue Bird Collective


Daniel Bennett Technical Director
Jillian Wardell Assistant Technical Director
Mary Spyrakis Head of Properties
Chantelle Zoelene Laliberte Head of Wardrobe
Jon Cunningham Head Technician