world premiere

Pictured: Trishala Sharma Photo credit: Natasha Narula

Pictured: Trishala Sharma Photo credit: Natasha Narula

theatre to provoke social change

In INDIA there is a placed called Jatinga. It used to be and still is known as the Birds Suicide Point. Every year, birds come migrating to its cliffs, and mysteriously plunge to their deaths.
— Purva Naresh

From the slums of Mumbai to the tribal regions of India's north to the Red Corridor in the east, Jatinga follows five girls desperately trying to chang the course of their lives. A chance encounter on a train offers a glimmer of hope...but there are predators lurking in every dark corner

9 - 24 June 2017
at KXT - Kings Cross Theatre
Tues - Sat 8 pm Sun 5.00 pm
Tix $25 / $30 / $35

in 2014 bAKEHOUSE Artistic Director Suzanne Millar headed to Mumbai partnering with Apne Aap Women's Collective (AAWC), an award winning NGO working with the daughters of sex workers in Kamathipura - Asia's oldest and largest red light district - to provide them with an education and pathways out of the cycle of inter-generational prostitution. 
JATINGA is inspired by the lives of these girls. 

Suzanne's work was an experiment in the power of theatre to transform lives


DIRECTOR: Suzanne Millar, DRAMATURG: John Harrison, SET & COSTUME DESIGN: Courtney Westbrook, LIGHTING DESIGN: Benjamin Brockman, STAGE MANAGER: Andrew McMartin, SOUND OP: Yael Crishna

WITH: Sapna Bhavnani, Faezeh Jalali, Suz Mawer, Monroe Reimers, Trishala Sharma, Terese Tate, Karina Bracken, Jarrod Crellin

The jatinga project

project goals

  • To establish a drama program for the girls at the Centre
  • To raise awareness of the issues of Human Trafficking, and garner support for AAWC
  • To commission and develop a play inspired by the lives of the girls and to stage it in Mumbai and Sydney
  • To build an artist exchange program promoting relationships between artists from Sydney and Mumbai


current progress

  • The play has been written and the Mumbai cast has been confirmed. JATINGA by Purva Naresh will receive final development and a staged reading in Sydney in November at KXT as part of the Invisible Circus Women's Festival. In 2017 bAKEHOUSE will stage seasons in both Sydney and Mumbai.
  • An arts program at the Centre is now well-established, with the girls receiving workshops in painting, dance and drama, with bAKEHOUSE Artistic Director Suzanne Millar returning each year to support the program.
  •  As a result of the awareness raised by the project, a private philanthropist has come on board to provide funding for a night shelter for the most vulnerable girls in Kamathipura.
  • An investor has committed to work with bAKEHOUSE & AAWC to provide long term funding for fully-paid secondary and tertiary education for the girls - with ongoing guidance and mentoring - working with the girls to build a new life.
  • In 2015 a vocational program training in one of Mumbai's top hair salons saw 7 women graduate with full qualifications, providing potential alternative pathways out of the area, with a number of them now in employment in Mumbai salons. 

2016 DEVELOPMENT in 2016 JATINGA had a final development at KXT as part of the INVISIBLE CIRCUS festival. With the support of Education and Learning Foundation - ELF we were able to bring playwright Purva Naresh to Sydney, to spend a week with a cast further developing and investigating the script and staging. Our thanks to the following actors who so generously gave of their time: Teresa Tate, Karina Bracken, Trishala Sharma, Jarrod Crellin, Amrik Tumber, Monica Sayers, Sheila Kumar, Suz Mawer, Danielle Jackson, Monica Sayers, Beth McMullen, Heidi Annad, Andrew McMartin, Monroe Reimers.

Pictures below taken from the public presentation of that development. Photo credit: Natasha Narula 

bAKEHOUSE Cultural Exchange (bace) RECIPIENTS

2014 - Jarrod Crellin

2015 - Katie Pollock | Taryn Brine

2016 - Purva Naresh

2017 - Faezeh Jalali | Sapna Bhavnani



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