Sharul Channa highlights plight of women from low-income families in new show

Known for her bold stance on feminism and gender equality, Sharul Channa will be presenting a one-woman comedic monologue ‘Crazy Poor Sita’ in commemoration of International Women’s Day. 

The one-hour act covers the journey of Sita, a Singaporean woman who wasn’t born in poverty but gets caught in its vicious cycle. 

Photo courtesy: Sharul Channa
Photo courtesy: Sharul Channa

Crazy Poor Sita highlights the plight of women from low-income families and their struggle for survival while single-handedly bringing up their children without the help of a spouse. 

Sharul Channa, who is Singapore’s first female stand-up comedian, methodically weaves the story of Sita as she tries to apply for financial support and looks for minimum wage jobs. Meanwhile, Sita also struggles with the social norm of trying to save face in the Asian society where asking for financial help would mean being completely vulnerable. 

“This particular cause is close to my heart. The monologue though comedic, goes dark.’ explained Sharul.

“I want to use stand-up as a tool to shed light on an issue that we usually sweep under the rug and rarely speak about. The issue of helplessness of low-income women in our society and their struggle to get back to work,” she said.

Staged in Singapore on 8, 9 and 10 March 2019, Crazy Poor Sita is supported by Singapore’s leading gender equality and disadvantaged women support groups - AWARE and Daughters of Tomorrow (DOT). One third of the proceeds collected from the production will go to AWARE and Daughters of Tomorrow.  

Event Details:

When: 8pm on March 8 and 9, 3pm on March 10
Where: Black Box, Drama Centre, National Library Building
Entry: SGD30

Get your tickets here now!

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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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