Griffin Theatre’s new play Jump for Jordan goes some of the way to explain what it is like to be part of the mosaic of cultures that make up Australia. It centres on Sophie (played by Alice Ansara), an independent Arab-Australian woman who must lie about her life, career and Aussie boyfriend for fear of shaming her traditional Jordanian family.
Director Iain Sinclair was attracted to the relatability of the script (written by Donna Abela). Much of the cast are of Arab descent and he says, “There are lots of immigrant stories bubbling up, it’s quite extraordinary how much is reflected in the script.”
Sinclair adds, “Anything new that’s brought up will appear two days later.”
It is not so much a work in progress but rather a live reflection on the experiences of second-generation women. Women who not only cope with the typical work-life-family-balance, but whom also negotiate clashing cultures.
“I can’t think of the last time I saw Arabic women on stage just being themselves,” says Sinclair.
The director is excited as it is the premiere of Jump for Jordan, “The risks are higher but the payoffs are greater and there’s nothing more rewarding then bringing new work to the stage.” (ATS)
Feb 14-Mar 29, SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross, $49, 9361 3817, griffintheatre.com.au