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Governor General's Literary Awards 2019

Other Side of the Game
By (author): Amanda Parris
Amanda Parris


Playwrights Canada Press



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
May 21, 2019
$17.95 CAD


8in x 5 x 0.25 in | 150 gr

Page Count:

128 pages


90 minutes
FSC certified – mixed sources 0
Playwrights Canada Press
DRAMA / Women Authors
Governor General's Literary Award 2019, Winner
  • Short Description
Two stories of young Black women run parallel—one with the backdrop of the urgent activism of the 1970s, the other with the rhythm of today’s unapologetic Hip Hop Generation—as they gain strength in themselves and their communities, protect their incarcerated loved ones, and battle for justice.

I don’t think you can expect society to change if you’re not ready to take the first step.

In the 1970s Beverly walks into an office of Black activists, wanting to join the Movement, and has to prove she’s committed enough to fight. Some forty years later, in the Hip Hop Generation, Nicole reunites with her ex-boyfriend on a basketball court, wondering where he’s been, when a police officer stops them.

In this striking debut, Amanda Parris turns the spotlight on the Black women who organize communities, support their incarcerated loved ones, and battle institutions, living each day by a ride-or-die philosophy, strengthening their voices and demanding to be heard.

Amanda Parris is a writer, TV host, and producer. She is the creator and showrunner of the comedy series Revenge of the Black Best Friend. It won the 2023 Canadian Screen Award for Best Web Program or Series, Fiction. Her theatre play Other Side of the Game was awarded the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama and her short play The Death News won the 2022 Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing, Web Program or Series. Last year, Amanda received the inaugural Changemaker Award from the Canadian Screen Awards and earlier this year she was awarded the ACTRA Sandi Ross Award for her efforts to call out systemic racism in the Canadian media community.

"[Parris] is definitely someone to keep an eye on… [she] is a strong writer with a unique and inspiring voice."

- Allison Gerson, Mooney on Theatre

"Parris’s play does the worthy work of combating the idea that Black women are superhuman, able to bear the weight of their communities, fight societal racism on micro and macro levels, and care for their families while managing a tight budget."

- Carly Maga, Toronto Star

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