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The Husbands By Sharmila Chauhan

The Husbands by Sharmila Chauhan

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An explosive play about love, jealousy and a woman's right to choose.

The Husbands Summary

The Husbands by Sharmila Chauhan

It's Aya's wedding day. Her third. Her current two husbands aren't too fussed. In a society in which there are few women, that's just what happens. But as the household prepares for the wedding feast, a stranger arrives - one who threatens to challenge everything they believe in. Against a backdrop of modern rural India, Sharmila Chauhan weaves an extraordinary tale of love and wonder. From the preparation of luxury food and the sacrifice of the lamb to the dressing of the bride and the dance to end all dances, this will be an exuberant, joyful and challenging piece of theatre. 'In parts of India, polyandry has become a necessity. Gendercide, as a consequence of the ancient preference for boys, the modern desire for smaller families and the increasing availability of ultrasound techniques to detect the gender of a baby still in the womb means that the number of females is declining. I wrote The Husbands both as a response to this but also as an exploration of the complexity of love, intimacy and trust between one woman and three men where gender differences and expectations are amplified. In a sense this play is as much a warning as an allegory for the fate of women in The West today.' - Sharmila Chauhan

The Husbands Reviews

There's a hint of Margaret Atwood in Chauhan's fictional world, and a great deal of the intractable issues that gnaw away at feminists. * Guardian *
Chauhan playfully inverts the assumed power struggles in a polyandrous society - a satisfyingly intriguing premise and Chauhan's writing builds up this odd situation so that our perspectives are constant shifting. * Time Out *

About Sharmila Chauhan

While completing her novel, Sharmila Chauchan began writing a play and was lucky to be part of Kali's writer development program whilst pregnant. The birth of her son coincided with selection for the Royal Court's writing program and she has also been selected for Tamasha's TDA course. Her play Born Again/Purnajanam was performed at Southwark Playhouse. A reading of When Spring Comes was performed in association with the South Asian Lit Fest. Her play White Turns to Grey is being developed with Angelic Tales (Rikki Beadle Blair and John Gordon). The Husbands - a tale of polyandry and feminism - has been commissioned by Kali and Pentabus Theatre for tour in 2014.

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The Husbands by Sharmila Chauhan
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