New theatre production about the South Asian diaspora to run from Nov 2-5; tickets now on sale

Standard tickets for ‘Happy Indian Women’ can be purchased for $38.

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Published: 4 September 2023, 3:47 PM

A new theatre production that questions the assumptions of the South Asian diaspora will run from Nov 2 to 5.

Titled Happy Indian Women, the production is presented by charity theatre company The Necessary Stage (TNS).

Based on interviews with 20 women and non-binary people from various backgrounds, the production interweaves text, sound and multimedia – adopting a ‘verbatim play’ approach.

Playwright and co-director Sindhura Kalidas had explored interdisciplinary performance styles from an excerpt published by the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), titled What We Inherit: Growing Up Indian.

This inspired her to develop a new work that would allow South Asian women and non-binary people to be represented in their own words and terms.

“I was keen to explore the experiences of female-identifying South Asians and non-binary individuals in Singapore today. As an Indian woman myself, I’ve come to realise that there’s such a diversity of experience within this community,” said Kalidas.

“I think it’s time to take stock of where we are today so that we can present more nuanced portrayals of this community in our narratives,” she added.

Happy Indian Women is co-directed by Kalidas and TNS’ resident playwright Haresh Sharma. It stars Ashie Singh, Grace Kalaiselvi, Siobhan Jane Covey and Siti Sara Hamid.

The production will be staged from Nov 2 to 5 at the Drama Centre Black Box. Interested attendees may choose between 3pm and 8pm time slots.

Standard tickets are now available for purchase at $38 (excluding booking fees) via BookMyShow. Students, National Servicemen (NSF), senior citizens and PwD card holders are entitled to a 20 per cent discount for tickets to the show.

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