Sisters is an all-female, work-in-progress, by British-South Asian and Indian artists, which explores what it means to be a South Asian woman in the UK/Wales and India/Mumbai today. Sisters is a collaboration between National Theatre Wales and Junoon Theatre Mumbai, and is part of India Wales, a major season of artistic collaboration between the two countries to mark the UK-India Year of Culture and is supported by British Council Wales, the Arts Council of Wales and Wales Arts International. In this podcast, our Associate Editor, Durre Shahwar (Community Engagement Associate for Sisters) speaks to some of the cast and creative team members behind the project, including Kully Thiarai (Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales), Sameera Iyengar (Contributing Artist, Junoon), and Sapan Saran (Writer).
National Theatre Wales with Junoon
Created by Kully Thiarai, Sameera Iyengar, Shanaz Gulzar and other female artists from the south Asian diaspora, including Sudha Bhuchar, Emma Daman Thomas, Sushama Deshpande, Choiti Ghosh, Tejashree Ingawale, Tina Pasotra, Hussina Raja, Sapan Saran and Sita Thomas.
This all-female work-in-progress by leading British-Asian and Indian artists aims to hold a mirror up to life as a south Asian woman today, wherever she lives; the echoes and the contradictions, the (in)visibility and the comradeship, all told with playfulness, honesty and humour.
Sisters is us at our best, our worst, our strongest, our weakest. Unadorned and visible, we just are.
Sisters is part of India Wales, a major season of artistic collaboration between the two countries to mark the UK-India Year of Culture and is supported by British Council Wales, the Arts Council of Wales and Wales Arts International.
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