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Rudali - The Mourner

Rudali - The Mourner

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  • Fri 18 May ’12, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Sat 19 May ’12, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Sun 20 May ’12, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Thu 24 May ’12, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Fri 25 May ’12, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Sat 26 May ’12, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Sun 27 May ’12, 4:00pm – 6:00pm


TAPAC , 100 Motions Rd, Western Springs



Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $30.00
  • Students/seniors: $20.00
  • Groups of 4+: $25.00

Prayas presents Rudali – The Mourner

In the small village of Tohri – somewhere in India – powerful men exploit women – the wife, the neighbour and the local prostitute.

To some it is destiny and caste, but not to Sanichari, the strong central character in an exciting new English language play from Prayas.

Sanichari is mother in law to a beautiful and feisty woman who certainly does not accept her place or fate and sets out to defy the village rules. Around them in the village are a host of lively characters, from caring and conniving neighbours, a long lost friend, the comic village priest, ruthless landlords, some brazen prostitutes and a wickedly endearing old nag.

Together, they weave a story of friendship, treachery, greed, lust and duplicity around the unusual business of ‘‘Rudali’’ a professional female mourner.

There are places in India – Tohri is one - where women of a lower caste are hired as mourners upon the death of rich upper-caste males. A Rudali (rou-daali) is paid to grieve aloud publicly so the family of the dead retain their upper caste dignity befitting their social status.

Jointly directed by Amit Ohdedar, Prayas and Margaret Mary Hollins, TAPAC, Rudali-The Mourner will showcase Indian folk music with a live orchestra, colourful dances and a vibrant village carnival.

Rudali - The Mourner, based on a story by Mahasweta Devi, will be staged at TAPAC from May 18 to 27, 2012.

Bookings open now at www.tapac.org.nz or visit www.prayas.co.nz.

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