Jabber - Geordie Theatre


Written by Marcus Youssef
Directed by Amanda Kellock

Jabber tells the story of a 16 year old Egyptian girl whose parents transfer her to a new school when one morning some graffiti saying “All Muslims must die” is found on the school wall. At her new school she is the only person wearing a hijab. Through its use of humor, its relevance, and its creativity, Jabber has already engaged over 40,000 teens, teachers and parents in meaningful discussions on the judgments we make based on differences.

Each performance comes with an optional 10 - 15 minute post-show talk back session led by the actors.

Additionally, we have a variety of workshops that explore the prevalent themes in Jabber which 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. Some of the themes that these workshops explore are stereotypes, perception, religion, tolerance, abuse, and regret.

Finally, we have a teachers’ study guide available for presenters to use as-is or to adapt for their specific market.

Praise for Jabber

  • High School Teacher, Vermont
    “I think it added value to the students' experience because it was straight to the heart of the matter in its delivery, very poignant, creative use of media/materials to add to the performance, overall and excellent performance!”
    High School Teacher, Vermont
  • Director of Portland Ovations in Maine
    ”Jabber was fantastic – smart, moving, engaging. Wow. SO MANY excited teachers & students.”
    Director of Portland Ovations in Maine
  • Student Matinee Series Coordinator, Vermont
    “We were thrilled to put on Jabber, and the response has been truly wonderful. One of our ushers, who’s been here for over a decade, said, hands down it was one of the best shows we’ve put on for student matinees: accessible, smart, relatable, phenomenally written and acted. And the feedback we are getting from our schools reiterates this sentiment.”
    Student Matinee Series Coordinator, Vermont
  •  Charlebois Post Review, November 2013
    “[Jabber] is not afraid to deal with difficult subject matter such as discrimination, domestic abuse, sexuality and the danger of online sharing on social media. Jabber is a great show to bring any high school aged student to.”
    Charlebois Post Review, November 2013




Touring History

In 2012-13, as part of Geordie’s annual 2Play tour, Jabber toured across Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes performing in schools for 8-months. It then won the Montreal Theatre Award (META) for Best New Text (2013) and performed a 2 week run at Young People’s Theatre in Toronto from November 26 – December 7, 2013 to rave reviews. In Tapeworthy’s “Best of the Stage”, Jabber was included as one of the top 30 Canadian Plays of 2013. (Check out the blog here.)

Jabber was showcased at the 2014 International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Spotlight in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and garnered interest from U.S. presenters, successfully touring to Vermont and Maine in November 2014, receiving many positive reviews.

Geordie continued to build momentum with Jabber by presenting a 10-minute showcase at Contact East in September 2015, a pitch at CAPACOA in November 2015, and finally a full showcase at IPAY in January 2016. This strong exposure allowed us to build a tour into theatres across Ontario and the Maritimes during the 2016-17 season when it also performed as part of the inaugural Geordie Theatre Fest at Montreal’s historic Monument-National.

Marcus Youssef's award-winning play was presented at IMPACT 17, the fifth biennial theatre festival presented by MT Space in Kitchener, Ontario, featuring productions from Canada, New Zealand, Mexico and Tunisia. Jabber then hit the road for a 6-week American Tour, traveling from coast to coast from Rochester, New York to Northridge, California!

To discuss touring possibilities please contact:

Jessica Abdallah - Artistic Associate