I went to see a mate’s theatre production on the weekend.
The show, titled iDNA, is a collection of reflections on identity that moves back and forth between what ties us together and the things that make us different (for a write up on the show see TimeOut).
Each of the 11 cast members seemed to have a different cultural background, have experienced their own set of growing pains, a different definition of family, their own values, and own ways of expressing themselves.
Talking to my mate after the show, he told me that the cast was not hand picked. Rather, the group had come together organically, answering a call for artists looking to further their talents around a central theme and some pretty tight timelines.
No, not that Sydney is diverse but more so the depth of the diversity that exists and more so how easy it is to gloss over this.
This thought took me back a few months to a conference where ‘business leaders’ lamented that no one in the room had any foreign language skills and that we had little cultural awareness. Isn’t Australia full of people from around the world who can speak multiple languages and have strong ties back home?
Perhaps in this case it was not the lack of skills but more so how easily they were overlooked that was restrictive. Maybe not, it’s just a thought. But I guess sometimes you just need to look a little bit harder, reflect a little longer and do a little bit differently.