Monkey Baa Theatre Company

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Where the Streets Had A Name

Monkey Baa Theatre Company is honoured to be creating a new 1-hour theatre work for young audiences based on Randa Abdel-Fattah’s inspiring novel, ‘Where the Streets Had a Name’, premiering in 2017.

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We believe Australian stages can be filled with stories that represent all the cultures living in this land, and that it’s important to create work that offers young people a truly multifaceted reflection of the world we all inhabit.

Throughout 2017 we are engaging creative artists, school students, educators and Palestinian community representatives to explore how people respond to catastrophic events and how family can reorganise itself to survive. This will bring us closer to the heart of Randa’s story, and deepen the authenticity of the production.

Where the Streets Had a Name will premiere at Riverside Theatres Parramatta in August 2017, followed by performances in September at Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre (LLDQT) in Sydney. Audiences at both venues will comprise school students with diverse cultural backgrounds from right across Sydney.

This story not only reflects Randa’s Palestinian/Eypytian background but also the experiences of many Australians who were either displaced from their original homeland, or simply migrated here for a better life.

Students from Sir Joseph Banks High School, Revesby, have been vital to the creative process. In 2017, they will focus on digital storytelling; creating videos of family and community members exploring experiences of war and displacement, for exhibition in Riverside and LLDQT foyers and on our website as part of our teaching resources for the project.

Monkey Baa is a not-for-profit company, dedicated to creating exceptional and inspiring Australia theatre for young audiences. We rely on community support to help bring projects like ‘Streets’ to fruition.

“The sooner you exercise a person’s imagination, the better chance they have of empathizing with others.” Tim Winton

We hope that experiencing this play and associated education program will encourage empathy and understanding in our young audiences, and give them the opportunity to reflect on their own and their community’s experiences of dispossession, war and displacement.

Donations will fund production costs of Where the Streets had A Name, including: sets, costumes, lighting, sound and performers.
Find out more at: http://www.monkeybaa.com.au/shows/where-the-streets-had-a-name/

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Monkey Baa is a multi-award winning theatre company that creates, tours and curates new Australian theatre and drama-based education programs for young people, their families and educators.

Since 1997 we have conducted over 25 national tours to 135 regional and remote communities across every state and territory of Australia, 3 international tours, over 2500 performances, engaging with over 1.2 million young people via a production or workshop.

Our mission is to share uniquely Australian stories, with young people at the heart of everything we create.

Australia’s leading professional theatre company for young audiences, we are unique within the landscape – the only company that tailors its work to follow a young person from early childhood into adulthood. Our education program is endorsed by BOSTES and offered by the NSW Dept of Education’s Arts Unit.

“The kind of works Monkey Baa creates require the audience to participate, allowing the children to be co-creators. This level of engagement creates a profound learning experience: the children literally walk out of the theatre more intelligent than when they walked in.”
Jackie French AM (Author, Australian Children’s Laureate 2014-2015 & Monkey Baa Patron)

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