About the Piece:
Sifting, digging, burying; planting, seeding, uprooting. A group of five women from various pockets of time and space are brought together. In defying materiality and temporality, they uncover a sense of place. (un)earthed investigates the nature of agency, power, and (second) chances.
Facilitated and Directed by Nikki Shaffeeullah
Stage Management by Emily St Aubin
Featuring Saima Butt, Neelam Chattoo, Aliya Jamal, Rebecca John, and Natalia Knowlton
The play (un)earthed is the final installment of the Staging Diversity project, a year-long series of theatre-based workshops and performances that explore themes of gender and race, and the practical component of Director Nikki Shaffeeullah's MFA Theatre Practice thesis. Excessively current, it stems from research into questions about internal and external racism, Islamophobia, patriarch, xenoracist pseudo-feminism and the decolonizing of public cultural space.
"We worked on our feet, in conversation, and on paper. We found that we wanted to tell typically untold stories in ways that were accessible and dialogic. We want to tell stories that have universal resonance, without universalizing or appropriating the social particularities in which these stories originate. The result is (un)earthed: a play that collapses time and space to explore agency, opportunity, community, and what it means to be at “home” in a post colonial world."- Nikki Shaffeeullah, Director