Review: Nirbhaya @ Contact Theatre
Powerful, horrifying and deeply touching, Nirbhyaha may be the first piece of theatre that shook me to the core and proceeds to linger in my everyday thoughts. Nirbhyaha tells the story of four beautiful and powerful women telling their accounts of rape and abuse. Some by people they know, and some by strangers. It is placed in front of us, all bared and obviously still completely raw by the performers. Beautiful movement, mostly silent but occasionally accompanied by singing or traditional Indian music, beautiful set design, beautiful smells. In 90 minutes, the audience are completely shattered only to be built up by the immense courage and unity that we are confronted with following the burial of rape victim ‘Nirbhyaha’ which the public named her meaning FEARLESS.
The word resounds in the theatre, shouted by the victims that will not be beaten by the people who abused them. Our hands are raised in the air to signify each and every women who will not be silenced by their attackers.
If possible, please go see this play to ensure that our fight for women will carry on.