Jyoti Singh Pandey was given the name Nirbhaya – ‘fearless one’ – after she suffered a brutal gang rape on a Delhi bus. Such was the force of her attackers – at least four men, including the driver – that 13 days later she died of her wounds. Following huge protests in her name, a group of Indian women – all survivors of sexual violence – stood up and told their stories on a stage at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival. Now they want to take the show to India and make their harrowing testimonials in the very country they hope to change.
‘Nirbhaya’ won sackloads of awards and rave reviews in Edinburgh. However, it’s one thing to win round a roomful of liberal Fringe-goers, another to directly address the community it sets out to critique. That’s exactly what the production team, led by writer-director Yael Farber, is hoping to do next. They’ve launched a Kickstarter appeal aimed at funding ten performances across two Indian cities, Mumbai and Delhi, this December. For this to happen, they need to raise £50,000 on top of the £30,000 they’ve already managed. With a fortnight to go, they’re still £30,000 short of their target. The company are hoping the show will sow the seeds of change.
Check out more information on the project and donate here.