Touring Ontario Schools
April 2 – May 16, 2014
In This World is a complex exploration of race, class and sex as experienced by two teenage girls in an urban high school. The play deals with violence as well as sexual and racial politics. Bijou and Neyssa are two girls who share the same high school and volleyball team, but who are from two completely different worlds.
Bijou is from a privileged background. Neyssa is a recent Jamaican immigrant struggling to fit in. The play opens following an altercation between the two friends. Neyssa has punched Bijou in the face for no apparent reason. Both girls sit in detention without supervision, but are unable to discuss the problems between them. Deep down both girls want what the other has, but each refuses to give up certain things – Neyssa her pride and Bijou her personal freedom. Unfortunately for both, navigating the world is difficult even under the best circumstances. The world and its rules can change when least expected, leaving us to contend with our beliefs and our choices.
Curriculum Connections: Health & Physical Education, Social Studies & the Humanities, Drama
Character Education Connections: Honesty, Empathy, Respect
Themes: Equity, Self-Advocacy, Date Rape, Racism, Classism