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THE IN-BETWEEN

Written by Marcus Youssef
Produced by Geordie Productions

from Montreal, Canada

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Lily feels trapped. A conflict between her best friend Brit and the guy she likes Karim breaks out after other students share racist, anti-Muslim memes, and a misunderstanding leads to a school lockdown. Lily finds herself right in the middle, forced to make hard choices about which friend’s truth she’s going to believe.  

 

Illustrating the real-life challenges of immigration, income inequality, and fears of violence in our schools, THE IN-BETWEEN is a realistic, relatable exploration of the complex social circumstances students must navigate in today’s world.  With strong dialogue, moments of choreography, and a landscape of social media-embedded design, the performance tackles hard questions with humor, sensitivity and a deft ear for how young people negotiate the problems they encounter.

 

Written by award-winning playwright Marcus Youssef (writer of the international Geordie hit JABBER) and developed with teen consultants, the production has been seen so far by over 15,000 young people across Canada. The 2020-21 season will be the first time the production will have a US national tour.

Best for: Grades 8th - High School (Ages 13-18 years)

Audience Size:  Small, Medium, &  Large Venues

Please contact us to watch the full length archival recording.

 

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Company Background

Past Tours: JABBER

 

Geordie Theatre entertains, provokes thought, fires up the imagination, and challenges our audiences of all ages with the unique power of professional live theatre. We celebrate theatre’s powerful impact by working with emerging and established professional artists from various disciplines and cultural backgrounds to create works that are provocative, relevant and enchanting; inspiring dialogue between communities, children and parents as well as teachers and students of all ages. We are committed to developing and adding new excellent works for Theatre For Young Audiences and continue to build relationships with and extend our audience through inclusive practices and by visiting far away communities in Quebec and abroad.

 

Geordie Theatre is a professional theatre company that has been presenting live English productions for young audiences since 1980. Pushing artistic boundaries with provocative and important stories, Geordie delivers more than 200 performances each season. Since our inception, we have performed for over 2.5 million children, teens and their families.

For more information, please visit the company’s website.

 

Artistic Team

Written by Marcus Youssef
Directed by Mike Payette 

Dramaturge: Emma Tibaldo

Set and Costume Design: Diana Uribe

Lighting Design: Tim Rodrigues

Sound Design: Rob Denton

Master of Props: Mathieu Cardin

Video Design: Amelia Scott

Choreographer: Holly Greco

Assistant Director: Dayane Ntibarikure
Developed in partnership with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal and with the support of the 2017 Banff Centre Playwrights Lab

 

Touring Company consists of 3 performers and 1 Stage Manager. All TBA.

Critical Acclaim

“Mike directed the actors through emotions that are so common in teenagers, love and hate and angst, careful to create something that would be relatable to kids my age, that wouldn’t make us feel stereotyped or misunderstood.”

—Arwen Low, Teen Consultant

“The kids loved it! They felt it really represented their reality. They somehow felt close to her. I thought the team was great and the actors were super.”

—Catherine Raymond, Cegep Cap Jeunesse school educator

“Great actors, great play, students can see themselves through the play and relate to personal experiences”

—Phillipe Cote’, Maclean Memorial school educator

“Thank you so much for the Geordie experience. I’ve got nothing but great things to say. The students who most often find it most difficult to pay attention were very engaged”

—Zandra Lau, John Grant High School educator.

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Gallery of Past Productions

 
 

Curriculum Connections

  • Fine Arts: Performance, Technology and Multi-media Design,

  • Language Arts: Online Media Literacy, Fan Fiction,

  • Emotional/Social Development: Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Self-Management, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making; Discrimination; Honesty; Respect; Challenging Public Perception; Personal Politics; Empowerment; Empathy; Agency

 

Minimum Technical Requirements

  • Load In Time:  3 hours (with pre-hang)

  • Crew Needs: minimum 2 crew for load in/load out; 2 crew to run sound/lights during show

  • Min. Stage Size: 20’ wide x 20’ deep x 10’ height,  4’ wing space on both sides

  • Load out time: 1 hour

  • In houses over 600 seats, sound support (3 wireless mics and transmitters) may be required.

 

Outreach and Workshops

Each performance comes with an optional 10 - 15 minute post-show talk back session led by the actors, unless otherwise requested by the presenter in advance.

 

                                       “Raise Your Voice!" Workshop
All ages are invited to take part in pre and/or post-show workshops led by the acting company and designed by Geordie Theatre School.  Participants will engage in theatre-based exercises that focus on creating strong physical presence as well as an understanding of how one’s own voice can be transformed by the unique power of storytelling.

 

“Relaxed” or “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.