Son of Africville
by Justin Carter
by Marcus Stusek
Stemming from the roots of historic Africville, Canada's largest and oldest black community, SON OF AFRICVILLE is the heartwarming true story of a young man's journey back to a mother that always loved him. Relived through story and song, Justin Carter tells this autobiographical tale of a mother who gave up her son because of drugs and schizophrenia and their reunion after 20 years apart.
Written and Directed by Justin Carter and Dama Hanks, SON OF AFRICVILLE, first premiered in Victoria BC in 2009, as part of Puente Theatre's WorkPlay. Since its premiere, Justin has toured Son of Africville to critical acclaim in festivals from coast to coast including, UNO FESTIVAL in Victoria, BC, THE CHAUTAUQUA THEATRE FESTIVAL in Saskatchewan, the SUPERNOVA FESTIVAL in Halifax, Nova Scotia, an the Regina Fringe Festival.
"Carter's performance is funny, touching and tragic all at once. He lightens the mood of the deeply emotional journey with hilarious re-enactments and astute observations. He clearly shares his mother's sense of humour, in addition to her voice. This is an honest and heartwarming portrayal not only of a mother's love, but also of her son's recognition of the great sacrifice she made in giving him up."
Times Colonist, Victoria, BC - Amy Smart
“With his catchy original music interludes that fit seamlessly into the production, Carter offers honest lyrics and a touch of gospel and soul. He draws the audience into his life experiences with his music. “Justin Time” and “Sainte Catherine,” a touching song from the perspective of his birth father about how his parents met on this iconic strip in downtown Montreal and about why their relationship ultimately didn't work out. Son of Africville is an honest, simple and engaging story about discovering your roots and coming to terms with them. It is a stand out in this year's Uno Fest from a performer Victoria is lucky to call a local. “
Monday Magazine, Victoria, BC - Mary Ellen Green