‘Replete with the vitality of young adulthood overcoming ancient barriers.’
—Sydney Arts Guide
Aspiring archaeologist Sophie left home when she was only 20, much to the shame of her traditional Jordanian mother. Six years later, losing sleep and petrified by the judgement of her visiting ‘mad Arab’ Aunty Azza, Sophie is forced to lie about her life, her career and the existence of her Aussie partner. Worst of all is the fear that she’s also lying to herself.
Looking deep into the heart of Sydney and beyond, Jump for Jordan unpacks the experience common to countless second-generation Australians of being caught between two cultures. Sifting through shifting layers of past and present, farce and fantasy, it’s one woman’s mad, messy excavation of her own history, and her attempt to piece together the broken bits of her identity.
Jump for Jordan took out the Griffin Award in 2013, wowing the judges with its vitality and ambition. It was also awarded the 2015 AWGIE for Stage.
To listen to Donna Abela talking about the play in Currency’s Not in Print Podcast series, click here