Global Female Voices, Feb 2019

Ali Wright

Presented in association with Arcola Theatre and curated by Fauve Alice.

Tales Of a City by the Sea by Samah Sabawi (Australia/Palestine)

Directed by Belinda Clarke

Performed by Sami Edris, Lauren Santana, and Kheira Bey

Torn between two worlds and one heartbreaking ultimatum, Jomana and Rami must decide whether love is strong enough to battle religion, family and home. 

Shikhandi – The Story of the In-Betweens by Faezeh Jalali (India)

Directed by Filiz Ozcan

Performed by Sanee Raval and Reema Chandarana

Shikhandi was Amba in her previous life who had sworn revenge on Bhishma for abducting her from her Swayamvar and then refusing to marry her. On her wedding night, Yaksha gives Shikhandi his penis in exchange for her vagina, and she (Shikandi) is transformed into a ‘man’. However, on the battlefield (of Kurukshetra, between the Pandavs and Kauravs), Bhishma sees Shikhandi as a woman. Will Bhishma attack Shikhandi? Will Shikhandi finally get her revenge?

Encounter written and translated by Nina Mitrović (Croatia)

Directed by Emma Linley

Performed by Hari MacKinnon and Mark Grindrod

What happens when a fon and his father talk? On the verge of conflict, where communication is almost impossible, Encounter brilliantly captures the charged atmosphere between father and son, where resentment and love resides.

I Often Dream of Revolution by Olga Dimitrijević (Serbia)

Translated by Ksenija Latinović

Directed by Ifewumi Fagunwa

Performed by Reema Chandarana, Sheree Kane, Lauren Santana, and Nicolle Smartt

Three women meet at the beginning of a social revolution. As they join the upheaval, I Often Dream of Revolution explores the role of women in social change and war migration, and the power of feminist love, solidarity and friendship.

Ella (She) by Susana Torres Molina (Argentina)

Translated by María Claudia André and Barbara Younoszai

Directed by Betsy Picart

Performed by Hari MacKinnon and Sami Edris

Two men reveal their desperation, fragility and vulnerability, when suffering from uncontrollable desire. How far will they go to win one woman’s complete devotion and love?

The post-performance panel discussion was curated by Fauve Alice, and featured Foreign Affairs artistic director Trine Garrett and theatre practitioner Zhui Ning Chang.

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