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Cultural differences explored in Mush and Me

By Honey B

George Michael says "you've got to have faith'' but what if you're faith is the wrong one? In Mush & Me, now showing at Holden Street Theatres for the Adelaide Fringe, a young Jewish woman and a Muslim man fall in love. This play by Karla Crome asks the question: "is love ever wrong?" Mush and Me was inspired by our lead actress' Great Aunty Nancy, who is a 101-year-old Jewish woman. When she was in her early twenties, she received a marriage proposal from a non-Jewish man. She declined on account of her family's disapproval. So what is the modern-day equivalent to Nancy's story? The idea of a fractious flirtation between a Jewish girl and a Muslim guy took seed, and Gabby and Mush were born. Theirs is a modern love story for multicultural Britain, which asks: are interfaith relationships limiting or liberating? Do they constitute a mark of betrayal or a sign of progress? The play is the winner of an IdeasTap Underbelly Award. Listen to lead actors, Daniella Isaacs and Jaz Deol, chat about their roles and the moving play here: Mush & Me, Adelaide Fringe, Holden Street Theatres, until March 15. Bookings: www.adelaidefringe.com.au or 1300 621 255
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