REVIEW / THEATRE
DISCO SHEELA AND OTHER INDIAN SUPERWOMEN
Esplanade Recital Studio Last Saturday
What do ladies need? Singaporean performer Sharul Channa hushes the viewers for a number of seconds earlier than answering her personal query – peace and quiet.
And, sure, a number of different issues, reminiscent of respect, equal pay and probably remedy, notes the performer in her rip-roaring, one-woman present.
Disco Sheela And Other Indian Superwomen leaves listeners breathless with laughter and, within the subsequent second, unable to breathe as a result of the reality hurts.
Channa performs 4 completely different however acquainted ladies. Malini, Mumtaz, Aunty Sunita and Disco Sheela could possibly be the lady subsequent door, the stay-at-home mum or any one of many viewers packing the Esplanade Recital Studio throughout two reveals final Saturday.
Malini needs to rejoin the workforce after years of elevating a household. But no employer agrees along with her that managing two youngsters and a husband reveals that she is nice at multi-tasking.
Aunty Sunita can’t cope along with her “modern” daughter-in-law and misses her late husband, who she considers a “good man”, having overwhelmed her solely a few occasions.
Mumtaz loves to bounce, however has shamed her old school father along with her poor grades.
And then there may be Disco Sheela, the star, a divorcee now remarried and at peace with herself. See her on the temple on Tuesdays and at a membership after hours, dancing away with out a care within the world. So what if her uncles mutter? Her husband and little one simply need her to be pleased.
Directed by the well-known comic Kumar and written and carried out by Channa, Disco Sheela And Other Indian Superwomen is a stand-out fee for the Esplanade’s Kalaa Utsavam: Indian Festival of Arts. The efficiency is humorous as a result of each single phrase is true.
As Channa factors out by way of the persona of Disco Sheela, ladies – not simply within the Indian neighborhood, however in each Asian neighborhood – are anticipated to handle a family, have youngsters, maintain neighborhood traditions alive and have a separate profession. Drop a single ball and tongues wag whereas heads nod in disappointment.
Disco Sheela doesn’t care what folks assume, however Mumtaz is aware of her father does. Aunty Sunita is pleased with herself, if a bit lonely, however the wealthy Malini is dissatisfied and desires extra out of life. All are advanced characters, but straightforward to grasp and empathise with.
Channa switches accents, garments and mannerisms easily, aided in every transition by music from flautist Raghavendran Rajasekaran. Her observations are spot-on, skewering the Indian neighborhood’s love of “keeping face” versus addressing actual issues at home.
All that’s lacking is a fifth character to wrap issues up and unite the 4 narratives into one entire.
That apart, this can be a very good efficiency from one lady reminding everybody to provide ladies a break and in addition reminding ladies to let down their hair once in a while.