4th South-Asian Theatre Festival

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 24 October - 25 October 2019
Category Live Event

Nautanki Theatre Company presents


For the fourth year running, Nautanki Theatre’s Annual South Asian Festival is a celebration in South-Asian languages, transcending cultures and geographical boundaries. Various South Asian theatre groups who have been performing plays for many years within their community space will present these plays.

Nautanki endeavours to provide a common performing platform for these groups, encouraging a cross-cultural and inter-language exchange. Nautanki is working along with three of these theatre groups to bring you three ‘one act’ plays over two nights.

The three plays presented during the festival are;
Tamil play Penn,
Bengali play Devi Sarpamastha
English play Education of Miss Asia

Partial funding of 4th South Asian Theatre Festival has been provided by NSW Government.

Nautanki Theatre is an independent theatre company based in Sydney, which has been promoting theatre on cross-cultural platform since 2008.

Currently Nautanki Theatre’s artistic focus lies in story telling that connects contemporary Australian society to South Asian diaspora.

Nautanki Theatre provides artistic platforms for emerging talents with ethnic background, telling alternate and new stories from CaLD communities thereby challenging mainstream Australian stage.

Productions of Nautanki Theatre have travelled interstate as well as internationally. With its extensive research and experience presently Nautanki Theatre is producing its artistic creations in Parramatta city. The company is creating a new trend and audience in Western Sydney and motivating various local diasporas to join the Independent Theatre Movement of which this company has been one of the pioneers.

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The Education of Miss Asia

Language: English (Sri Lanka)
Writer: Ernest MacIntyre
Director: Gandhi MacIntyre
Presented by: Sydney Kolam Maduwa

A Sri Lankan girl has been chosen as Miss Asia and has to present herself in London where it is not just a question of beauty alone, but also her sensitivity to life and other issues that will ensure her win. Her intellectual and emotional responses must relate to the continent that she will represent – Asia. However, she has to be prepared for this education so her father obtains the services of an eminent University professor. Does this man really succeed to impart training and knowledge to enhance Miss Asia’s chances of winning the title Miss World?

Penn (Woman)

Language: Tamil
Writer & Director: NK. Srini
Presented by: Sydney Nadaga Priya

The cliched phrase ‘men are from Mars and women are from Venus’ has become synonymous with problems in relationships based on tendencies of each gender. In this whimsical premise of the play, all men live on Mars and all women on Venus! Once they got together, they respected each other’s differences until one day everybody woke up and completely forgot that they had once come from different planets, resulting in unrealistic expectations & confusion on both sides, causing frustration. What if a man were to vicariously experience the gamut of female physiology and the spectrum of emotions that are a part of being a woman? Will such insight help build understanding between the sexes or widen the divide even further?

Debi Sarpamasta (The Serpent Headed Goddess)

Language: Bengali
Writer: Manoj Mitro
Director: Rahul Ganguly
Presented by: Aangik Theatre Sydney

Play take place in the fictitious Bengali principality of Shinghagar at a time when the East India Company is strengthening its hold in India. The young king Lokendra Pratap tries to appease the Bristish Resident by giving him a jewel-encrusted necklace adorning the local deity Debi Sarpamasta – the snake headed goddess. The priests desperate to protect themselves convinces the tribe that his daughter is the goddess incarnate. Seven years pass, the King finds the priest’s daughter Gouri in the forest and falls in love with her. Gauri agrees but political complications start scheming Gouri is caught in a love triangle.

** Not in order of presentation

4th South-Asian Theatre Festival

For the fourth year running, Nautanki Theatre’s 4th South Asian Festival is a celebration in South-Asian languages, transcending cultures and geographical boundaries, these plays are presented by various South Asian theatre groups who have been performing plays for many years within their community space. A not to be missed event!

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Thursday 24 October at 8:00pm
Friday 25 October at 8:00pm


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