South Asian Theatre Festival

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 27 August - 28 August 2021
Category Live Event

Nautanki Theatre’s
Celebrating 6 Years

For the 6th year running, Nautanki Theatre’s Annual South Asian Theatre Festival is a celebration in South Asian languages, transcending cultural and geographical boundaries. For the first time, we are presenting three plays in language based on the topic, “Partition and Diaspora” marking 75 years of the biggest human migration in South Asia and indeed the history of the world.

Three theatre groups who have been performing in language, within their community space for many years, will present diverse and poignant short plays under the SATF banner.

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.

Plays are presented back to back each night, followed by Q&A with the Directors.

The plays presented during the festival are:

– My Piece of Sky (Kannada/Hindi/English)
– Baazigar (Hindustani/Bengali)
– Mann Batwara (Urdu/Punjabi)

Please Note: 
This production contains coarse language, adult content, smoke haze, strobe lighting and loud noises.

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Tickets to this event are sold to 100% of capacity. All Riverside patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health guidelines, allowing patrons to be seated alongside each other. NSW Health strongly recommends you wear a mask when you are inside places where it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.

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South Asian Theatre Festival is supported by the NSW Government.

Nautanki Theatre Company is a Western Sydney based organisation that works for cultural development, community engagement, education and training through live performing theatre.

Nautanki’s aim is to produce creative opportunities with a true representation of contemporary Australia and provide equal access to everyone. Our objective is to work with the CaLD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) community, refugee or migrant people facilitating social inclusion, creating a voice to vanguard their cultural identity.

Nautanki Theatre provides artistic platforms for emerging talents with ethnic backgrounds, telling alternate and new stories from CaLD communities.Currently the company’s artistic focus lies in storytelling that connects contemporary Australian society to South Asian diaspora.


Language: Kannada/Hindi/English
Writer & Director: Sudarshan Narayana
Presented by: Anivaasi Arts Collective

Sameer arrives in Bengaluru from New Delhi to take up his first job, fresh out of University. In the aftermath of Abrogation of Article 370 in India, he is faced with the challenges and ground realities of finding a place to rent. He quickly realises his place in the scheme of things. As it turns out, there’s one obstacle that remains insurmountably tied to his identity. The line of partition has moved from the border into the nation, dividing its own people.

BAAZIGAR (The Trickster)

Language: Hindustani/Bangali
Writer: Uzma Gillani & Neel Banerjee
Direction & Design: Neel Banerjee
Presented by: Nautanki Theatre

At a roadside in India, a trickster wraps up his roadside performance. A group of people approach and confront him and challenge his identity. The aggression represents a new fascist trend that has become common in parts of today’s India. The play reflects the present reality of a common man’s life on the street. A story of resistance and conquest and the message that “the show will go on”

MANN BATWARA (A Heart Divided)

Language: Urdu/Punjabi
Writer: Rakia Raza
Direction: Mussawar Chughtai
Presented by: Kalakar Productions

An old man walks up to a tea stall at a train platform in present day Pakistan. He has travelled from the other side of the border. He is on a quest to look for someone that he knew a lifetime ago. The ‘chaiwala’; the tea stall owner is also an old man, about the same age as the traveller. They share their stories with each other, it turns out that they may have more in common than they realise. The play focusses on the partition of the two countries and the pain and anguish of separation of a generation.

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Dates and Times:

Friday 27 August 2021 at 7:45pm
Saturday 28 August 2021 at 3pm


1 hour and 20 minutes with no interval, followed by a 20 minute Q&A

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