When Ahmed Moneka first walked through Kensington Market after immigrating to Canada, he was so moved by a group of street musicians that he wanted to run up to them and tell them how he felt.
But he didn’t speak English, and knew yelling excitedly in Arabic at strangers wouldn’t go down well.
That’s just one of the funny scenes from the play In Sundry Languages, opening Friday at the Aki Studio on Dundas Street East in Regent Park.
All of the actors are immigrants and on stage they often speak in different languages to each other. Yet with the help of their gestures, the audience is able to figure out what’s going on, and share a laugh or even a cry.
“It’s really reflecting the reality of Toronto, how diverse it is,” said Moneka, who emigrated from Baghdad, Iraq in 2016. “It’s like the streetcar soundtrack.”