“Some things are inherited without question. Like silence – it’s a code.” So says one of the extraordinary female performers in Nirbhaya. This play centres on the true story of the horrifying gang rape of a young woman on a bus in Delhi in December 2012, making international news and causing outrage across the world.
The woman was dubbed Nirbhaya – fearless one – and this play’s intent is also fearless: to break the silence around acts of violence committed against women.
Nirbhaya’s brutal gang rape and subsequent death is too horrifying to imagine, but the one positive thing that came out of it is a new urgency many women have felt to speak out, to come forward with their own stories of what they have suffered. In this searing play, six female cast members do just that – they give personal testimonials about the shocking abuse they have experienced.