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Theatre

Violence against women is a global epidemic. But it is important to break the silence and speak out



Nirbhaya - Breaking the Silence, a thought- provoking and award-winning theatre production, addresses this issue.

A call for change, the Teamwork Arts’ play is written and directed by Yael Farber and produced by Poorna Jagannathan, who also acts in the play. 
Sensitively made while providing a sense of the brutal reality of the times we live in, the play cracks open the cone of silence around women whose lives have been shattered by gender-based violence. 

While the horrifying events of the night of December 16, 2012, are brought out, the focus of the production is on the artistes sharing their own testimonies of sexual and gender-based violence that they have experienced, ranging from daily iniquities of sexual harassment on public transport to child abuse.

Farber weaves the victim’s story within these personal testimonies to create a piece of theatre that is not only powerful but poetic too, resulting in transformational political theatre, which is the need of the hour. 

“Testimonial theatre is different to verbatim theatre in which the text is ‘as the survivor spoke it and it’s their words’.

Gathering the materials from the individuals, I have written narratives of each person’s experience and woven them into the narrative centre of the attack and death of Nirbhaya,” shares Yael.

The cast of Nirbhaya also includes Ankur Vikal, Japjit Kaur, Priyanka Bose, Sapna Bhavnani, Sneha Jawale and Rukshar Kabir.

It will be staged from March 26 to 28 at Ranga Shankara, 7.30 pm onwards. For tickets, visit www.kyazoonga.com

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