19 November 200920 November 2009 Main Posts The African Theatre Project Maxine Beneba Clarke Yeah, I know it’s daggy to spruik your own mum’s performances, and I don’t really have to, since the play sold out even before tonight’s opening night but I just wanted to tell you a little about the African Theatre Project’s first staged storytelling My Name is Sud: After being showcased at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival, Blacktown City Council’s African Theatre Project presents its first major production, My Name is Sud, written by Yuol Yuol, Akoi Majak, Monica Kualba and John Garang. A family has escaped the conflicts of war in Sudan to face the conflicts of freedom in Sydney. Akoi dreams of being a writer. Her brother Machar struggles for a new identity. Their mother Kuei, fears losing her son to the”streets of Blacktown” and to his Australian girlfriend. “My skin is black, my eyes are black. How can my parents fear I will lose my “Africaness”, I will always be black but in my own way.” Blacktown’s emerging Sudanese community speak for themselves in this exciting work. Written by a youth ensemble of first time theatre writers, mentored by Blacktown Arts Centre’s African Theatre Project. You can also read more about how the project has affected the lives of participants here. If you’re in NSW, you can also find out more about this project on tomorrow’s Stateline, which will feature the My Name is Sud cast and writers. The play is sold out, but if you’re in the region there’s a waiting list and if you make enough noise, the season might be extended…or if you’re a Melbournite you could bid for the cost of my flight and ticket. Nope, I was joking: Mum would kill me. Dates and details available here. Maxine Beneba Clarke Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian author and slam poet of Afro- Caribbean descent. Her short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the 2015 ABIA Award for Best Literary Fiction and the 2015 Indie Award for Best Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her memoir, The Hate Race, her poetry collection Carrying the World, and her first children’s book, The Patchwork Bike, will be published by Hachette in late 2016. More by Maxine Beneba Clarke Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?