The Eleventh Edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
Monday, November 16th to Sunday, November 22nd 2020

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I Am Not Here

  • Sunday, 17th Nov
  • 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • Experimental Theatre - NCPA

An 8-step guide on how to censor women’s writing set in a boxing ring.

Performance Note:

The play looks at the insidious and almost-invisible ways in which women’s writing has been flicked to the fringes. Two women performers enter a boxing ring. Their bodies transform: they play men, women and creatures. A frying pan becomes metaphor for a chalkboard’; a traditional dance class reveals the impossible ways in which women’s bodies are written about, an insta-poet reads a review about herself in public and so on, as he play heightens and complicates the relationship between the performers and the audience.

(Virginia Woolf’s Shakespeare’s Sister and Joana Russ’ How to Suppress Women’s writing informed the devising process of play)