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Half Of Me

Half Of Me

Written By Satinder Chohan, Directed by Katerine Allen.

This production of Half of Me was presented by the Belgrade’s Middle Youth Theatre on Friday 3 & Saturday 4 February 2017.

This poetically written performance examined the often unheard experiences of young people born by Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs).

Where did I get my eyes?
My wavy hair?
My scholarly air?

Areia grows up with a thousand unanswered questions. When she finally discovers the truth she embarks on a life-changing trip to find out who she really is. Will she become whole and fix her broken heart? And is family really more than genetics and blood?

Directors note from Katherine Allen:

What makes me, me? What makes me an individual, and what makes me completely unique?
When The Belgrade’s Youth Theatre started work on Satinder Chohan’s play Half of Me back in September, these simple questions fuelled a conversation about what makes us who we are, and whether who we become is down solely to genetics and blood.
Drawing inspiration from this conversation, we began to look Areia’s story, which lies at the heart of Half of Me. When Areia discovers that she was born as a result of sperm donation, she embarks on a journey to find out who gave her ‘her weird eyes, her wavy hair, her scholarly air?’ But will finding details of her donor father really make Areia feel complete, and stop her heart from hurting? Along the way, Areia meets her donor siblings, or ‘dibs’, Erica, Dion and Helena, who all have alternative families and have been born by Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs).
Our story is narrated by our band of Scientific Titans, who all have their own quirks and individuality, but who together, form a powerful Modern Greek Chorus. To achieve this our young actors have worked hard on their storytelling skills and their ability to work as an ensemble.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Shannon, who has been Assistant Director on this production, and who has been a huge part of putting this show together. In addition, I would like to thank Niamh, who has supported the rest of her group throughout this project. Niamh has taken on various Stage Management tasks during the rehearsal process, and although you will not see Niamh on stage tonight, she is working hard behind the scenes!
We all very much hope that you enjoy this evening’s performance. We hope that you find it as thought-provoking as it is entertaining. Thank you for your continued support of our work.

Half of Me was performed as a companion piece to Made in India.