My Name is SUD (Soo-d)
“My skin is black, my eyes are black, how can my parents fear I will lose my ‘Africanness?’…”
The Sudanese communities of Blacktown and Western Sydney speak for themselves in this exciting new play which presents the story of a family’s struggle to find understanding and belonging in their new life in Australia.
Akoi dreams of being a writer, her brother Machar seeks a new identity, while their mother Kuei fears losing her son to the ‘streets of Blacktown’ and to his Australian girlfriend. Love, humour, prejudice and innocence collide in this culturally, regionally and socially significant work.
The production was developed over 3 years as part of the African Theatre Project, a long term initiative of Blacktown Arts Centre to engage the new and emerging local African communities of Blacktown and Western Sydney in Australian theatre, providing avenues of access for African representation in this artform.
Live music both authentic African and non African sounds accompanied the action.
The setting is a home in Blacktown. Traditionally Sudanese furnish the floor of their mud dwellings with woven mats made from natural fiber. Today families living in Western Sydney purchase a coloured plastic version of these mats that have traditional Dinka patterns from local Chinese ‘$2 shops’. This translation of a traditional furnishing into a man-made material was the perfect metaphore for the adaptation and upheaval in these characters lives. A large circle was cut from the center and rotated on it axis to offer a sense of schism and change to the space.
Set & Costume Design
TOBHIYAH STONE FELLER
Director: ROBERT COLMAN
Playwright: YOUL YOUL, AKOI MAJAK, MONICA KUALBA, JOHN GARANG & ROBERT COLMAN
Photographer: ADAM HOLLINGWORTH
Blacktown Arts Centre
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