By Marcus Youssef
Dramaturgy by Emma Tibaldo
Directed by Mike Payette
When Lily’s best friend Brit and the guy she likes Karim conflict over racist, anti-Muslim memes, 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.
The play was outstanding. The students really enjoyed it. They commented on the quality of the actor's performances, the set, music and the storyline.
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.
Great actors, great play, students can see themselves through the play and relate to personal experiences.
THANK YOU so much for the GEORDIE experience. I’ve got nothing but great things to say. The students, who often find it most difficult to pay attention were very engaged.
Theatre means everything to me. I’ve been watching Geordie plays since before I can remember. They have shaped my sense of storytelling, of imagination. As in The In-Between, where a few simple benches and screens become a cafeteria, a bedroom, a forest. There are stories that only theatre can tell.
I got to watch as 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.
The In-Between has had a successful tour across Quebec, Ontario, and the Maritimes. Over 7 months the play travelled approximately 35,000km and was performed over 100 times to more than 15,000 teens.