Produced by Geordie Productions
from Montreal, Canada
About the Company
At Fatima’s new high school, she’s the only one wearing a hijab. Her parents transferred her after graffiti reading “All Muslims must die” was found on the wall of her old school. But there’s plenty of ignorance and assumptions at her new school too. It isn’t until she begins an unlikely friendship with Jorah, a young man with a troubled reputation, that she starts to feel less like an outsider. How can she balance this new relationship with her family’s faith? What is it like to be 16 years old, a girl, a Muslim, and a refugee all at the same time?
Jabber engages teens, teachers and parents in meaningful discussions on the judgments and assumptions we make based on each other’s perceived differences. This story challenges stereotypes and encourages real conversation around race, religion and identity. Through its use of humor and creativity, the production brings a new, relevant and age appropriate story to a traditionally underserved High School audience.
This production has toured to over 40,000 students at high schools and colleges across Canada since 2012 and was presented as a spotlight performance at the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) showcase in Pittsburgh, PA in January 2014 and showcased as a full performance in Montreal in January 2016.
Best for Grades 8th - High School
Audience Size: Medium to Large Venues
Please contact us to watch the full length archival recording.
Founded in 1980, Geordie Productions is one of Canada’s leading professional Theatre for Young Audiences companies. Its goal is to fire up the imagination, entertain and challenge audiences of all ages. Geordie believes in the power of theatre to encourage dialogue between youths and their parents, their teachers and amongst their peers, which is why every year the company produces plays which reflect the reality that young people currently live in.
Throughout its history, Geordie has retold classic stories, performed wild adventures and spun new myths, always paying close attention to the important role theatre plays in the lives of people of all ages. It celebrates the art of theatre by working with great artists of many disciplines and varied experiences to create plays that are vibrant and engaging. Geordie constantly reaches out to broaden its audience base by bringing productions to as many areas as it can reach, both by touring into schools and performing mainstage productions, offering over 300 performances every season to more than 40 000 kids.
For more information, please visit the company’s website: http://geordie.ca
Written by: Marcus Youssef
Director: Amanda Kellock
Tour manager: Jessica Abdallah
Ensemble: Mariana Tayler, David Sklar, Aris Tyros
Gallery of Past Productions
September 15, 2016 - Spotlight Showcase at the 2016 Arts Midwest Conference in Milwuakee, WI
February 28th 2017 at 10:00am , the Fredericton Playhouse in Fredericton, NB, Canada
March 1st 2017 at 10:00am, the Imperial Theatre in Saint-John, NB, Canada
March 3rd 2017 at 10:00am, Mermaid Theatre in Windsor, NS, Canada
March 6th – March 17th 2017 = Tentative touring in NY area schools
March 21st 2017 at 1:00pm & 7:00pm, part of the Geordie Theatre Festival in Montreal, QC, Canada
March 22nd 2017 at 7:00pm, part of the Geordie Theatre Festival in Montreal, QC, Canada
March 24th 2017 at 1:00pm, part of the Geordie Theatre Festival in Montreal, QC, Canada
March 25th 2017 at 7:00pm, part of the Geordie Theatre Festival in Montreal, QC, Canada
March 27th – 31st 2017 = Tentative touring in NY area schools
April 4th 2017 at 10:30am, Meadowsvale Theatre in Mississauga, ON, Canada
April 5th 2017 at 12:30pm & 7:00pm, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, ON, Canada
April 7th 2017 at 10:00am & 1:00pm, Burlington Performing Arts Centre in Burlington, ON, Canada
April 11th 2017 at 10:00am & 12:30pm, Rose Theatre in Brampton, ON, Canada
April 12th 2017 at 10:30am & 12:30pm, the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa, ON, Canada
Fine Arts: Dramatic Performance, Performance & Technology
Emotional/Social Development: Perception, Stereotypes, Religion, Abuse, Racism and Tolerance, Compassion and Generosity, and Responsible Social Media Use
Minimum Technical Requirements
Load In Time: 4 hours (with pre-hang and soft focus)
Crew Needs: 2 crew for load in; During show: 1 crew to run lights, 1 crew to run sound
Min. Stage Size: 20’x20’ floor surface, 10’ height, with access to crossover space (can be adjusted to smaller or larger spaces)
Sound/Video Needs: sound and video cues to be run from show laptop on Q-Lab 3.1.14 through the presenter’s sound system. Company will provide a projector and connector cable for the projector so that the technician can operate the projector from their position in the control booth (total distance up to 50ft, extensions possible up to 100ft). Company will also provide the appropriate USB cables (total distance up to 125ft) so that the technician can operate the webcam from the control booth.
Load Out Time: 1 hour
Outreach and Workshops
Each performance comes with an optional 10 - 15 minute post-show talk back session led by the actors.
The company can also provide a variety of workshops that explore the prevalent themes in Jabber, and they can be held as a way to prepare for the show or to explore further after the show. These workshops can be held in-school or with the community, and could include:
Workshops for Students/Youth - exploring steroetypes, perceptions, religion, tolerance, abuse, and regret
Professional Development for Teachers
Sensory Friendly Performances:
This production may be offered as a “Relaxed” or “Sensory Friendly” performance for families and children with special needs, upon request and with specific direction and discussion with the company in advance as to what this means for your venue.