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In Between Two at Riverside Theatre Parramatta

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
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The Hip Hop of Family History
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(Image from Riverside website)


In Between Two can be seen as a commentary on growing up between cultures and trying to find your way of fitting in. For 70 minutes, the audience is spellbound by the words, pictures and music of Joel Ma (aka Joelistics) and James Mangohig.

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Shared experiences (Image Sarah Walker)


The Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP) company is dedicated to championing Asian Australian artists and In Between Two certainly does that. Joel and James are young men that experienced vastly different childhoods even though they are both have mixed race parentage with Asian fathers. Unfortunately, they both suffered from overt and casual racism, even at the hands of their extended families.

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Joel found his identity through music (image Sarah Walker)


The guys are brilliant story tellers and have amazing deeply personal stories to tell. Bullying, dysfunctional families, feelings of inadequacy, drug use and religion are universal themes but in their case are overlaid with the feeling that they do not quite fit in anywhere. Their words are accompanied by a cracking soundtrack of bass and beats, carefully curated family photographs and the raps have a poetic beauty.

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Where are you really from?(image Sarah Walker)


Laughter, love, anger and despair are some of the emotions that the audience may experience but ultimately I felt pride for their bravery and hope for a future where cultural diversity is celebrated rather than suspected.

In Between Two delivers an important message in a powerful way and their stories of family are also the story of contemporary Australian society.

In Between Two is playing at ARA Darling Quarter Theatre this week, 4th – 5th April.
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Why? To learn about growing up Asian Australian
When: Thursday 28 March at 7:45pm Friday 29 March at 7:45pm Saturday 30 March at 7:45pm
Phone: 02 8839 3399
Where: Riverside Theatres Parramatta Corner of Church & Market Street
Cost: $30 - $49
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Thanks. I would have liked to have seen this one. I also appreciate your review and the photos are great.
by Jody Kimber (score: 2|892) 468 days ago
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