Production still for "Belonging". L-R: Kaylene Sherwell as Monica, Anjee-Lee Solomon as Cindy. Photographer: Rachelle Roberts
12 February 2002 – 19 February 2002 Beckett Theatre
Playbox Theatre Company, Ilbijerri Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Theatre Coop,
New Writing Theatre World Premiere Co-Production
Belonging follows the taunts and temptations of a school girl, and her personal struggle to remain true to her culture and herself.
Cindy is 13, on the edge of womanhood and not sure where she belongs in her river town. She has friends and she has Pop, a solid, calm old man. Belonging stays with Cindy through a few days of upheaval at the brink of life-changing events. Cindy’s cousin Janice comes to town, looking to party. Tough, seemingly hard, but only 14, Janice does any kind of drug, looking for any kind of fun, hurt and reeling, throwing her body hard at a world that hurts her. She risks great pain to help her feel she can’t be hurt again and she drags Cindy along, needing to tell her how bad, how hard the world is, what a shitty future they have. Cindy’s internal battle is played out simply at the level of what happens to who, but the threads are long and knotted and the story compelling.
Production still for "Belonging". L-R: Kamara Bell-Wykes as Janice, Anjee-Lee Solomon as Cindy. Photographer: Rachelle Roberts
Production still for "Belonging". L-R: Anjee-Lee Solomon as Cindy, Greg Fryer as Pop. Photographer: Rachelle Roberts
Production still for "Belonging". L-R: Anjee-Lee Solomon as Cindy, Kamara Bell-Wykes as Janice. Photographer: Rachelle Roberts