Papa: Sharul Channa's new play celebrates the Asian father

Photo courtesy: Sharul Channa
Photo courtesy: Sharul Channa

As one would know, Asian fathers are not the best communicators.

Relationships between Indian parents and their kids are sometimes funny, sometimes painful, sometimes poignant – but always complex.

Director and stand-up comedian, Sharul Channa, aims to portray this complexity in her new play – and Father's day special – 'Papa'.

Fresh out of two critically acclaimed original performances for Disco Sheela and Other Indian Superwomen and Crazy Poor Sita, Sharul Channa dedicates this production to her own father.

Sharul Channa's Disco Sheela and Other Indian Superwomen was one of the highlights of Kalaa Utsavam 2018. Photo courtesy: Esplanade Theatres on The Bay
Sharul Channa's Disco Sheela and Other Indian Superwomen was one of the highlights of Kalaa Utsavam 2018. Photo courtesy: Esplanade Theatres on The Bay

The play features a series of comedy sketches, monologues, and movement pieces that deal with the complexity of Asian parental relationships. The ensemble cast comprises stand-up comedian Rishi Budhrani (Mr. Boo in Pangdemonium’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice), Amit Joshi (Best Actor, Dastak Hindi Theatre Festival 2018), and Veena Bhangera (Best Actress, Dastak Hindi Theatre Festival 2018), among others.

They will take you through the highs, lows and awkward middle grounds of the relationships with our fathers that we all know and love.

Papa will be in Hindi and English, with English surtitles.

When: June 14-16
Where: Drama Centre Black Box, #03-01 National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street
Entry: SGD35

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Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.

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