WHEN Eva Di Cesare set about writing a stage adaptation of the young adult novel Where the Streets Had A Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah — a self-described “Australian-born-Muslim-Palestinian-Egyptian-choc-a-holic” — she consulted widely.

As well as meeting with members of Sydney’s Palestinian community, she spent time with the drama students at Sir Joseph Banks High School in Revesby.

“The students from Joseph Banks were not backward in coming forwards. They’d say, ‘that’s not right Miss!’”, says Di Cesare.

“It’s something we’ve been doing at Monkey Baa for quite a few years now: working with young people on the development of our scripts
so that it is relevant and speaks to them.”

Di Cesare is creative director of Monkey Baa Theatre Company, which is celebrating 20 years as one of Australia’s leading theatre companies for young people.

 

Read the full article by Jo Litson at The Daily Telegraph.

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