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A Monkey Baa Theatre Company Production
Based on Susanne Gervay’s inspiring novel, I am Jack explores the journey of a smart, funny, 11 year old boy. Jack is being bullied at school and it is not long before the emotional pressure begins to build inside him. What starts as an off the cuff joke during a handball competition soon turns into a set of circumstances where by Jack is no longer safe in the school playground.
As much as he wants to tell his Mum he can’t, for at home there is conflict of a different kind. Jack’s Mum’s boyfriend Rob is about to move in and Jack’s place in the household is about to be usurped. But with the use of self-expression through photography, Jack begins to make sense of his world, of his relationships with others, and most importantly, with himself.
This outstanding one man show explores the often overlooked insidious taunting and teasing that bullies are so adept at inflicting on their victims. The work’s charm and humour has succeeded in delighting and informing young audiences across Australia and America. Jack takes us on a touching and sometimes comical journey as he moves from victim to victor.
One actor plays eleven characters, moving with ease between each one. I am Jack is based on the true story of author Susanne Gervay’s son. The show explores how peer pressure can grow rapidly and intensively and how it can take over. From the award winning company that brought you, Pete the Sheep, The Bugalugs Bum Thief, Milli Jack and the Dancing Cat and Emily Eyefinger.
‘A stimulating and valuable piece of theatre…. given the importance of the subject and the care with which it has been handled I am Jack hopefully will make a return visit’ NEWCASTLE HERALD
‘Tim McGarry is engaging and lovable as 11-year-old Jack. His deftly timing, physicality and range of elastic, comical voices deliver a big-hearted performance that, with credit due also to the writers and director,captures the vulnerability and pathos without resorting to sentimentality.’ LOWDOWN MAGAZINE
“We think that this show was absolutely AMAZING! This play sends a wonderful message about bullying and how to overcome it.” Teacher, Somerset College, MUDGEERABA
“An excellent medium to demonstrate the effects of bullying to students and ways in which to deal effectively with bullying. The discussion with the audience at the end of the show was particularly engaging. Students were not only able to interact with the actor, but were also made to ponder the different perspectives of the characters and relate their experiences to their own. This is the second Monkey Baa show I’ve seen (also participated in workshop and performance of Hitler’s Daughter a couple for years ago). Please come again!!” R H, Teacher Broken Hill
Friday 26 June, 11am & 7pm
Tickets: $22 Adults, $17 Arts Hub Members, $15 Youth, $62 Family (2 adults + 2 youth)