JATINGA by Purva Naresh | Presented by bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company

June 2017 at KXT – Kings Cross Theatre


JATINGA is a bAKEHOUSE commission, a part of a broader project of arts and social justice in Kamathipura, Mumbai. It has grown out of workshops and developments that Suzanne Millar has been running in Mumbai since 2014. The play was initially written in Hindi by Purva Naresh, and developed by bAKEHOUSE in Mumbai during multiple visits and workshops 2015 – 2016. bAKEHOUSE worked with our Indian-Australian cast and our company dramaturg in Sydney 2016 – 2017 to arrive at the final English translation. Our season at KXT is the world premiere. bAKEHOUSE retains production rights to this show.

JATINGA is a women-led project : 

Developed and directed Suzanne Millar; written by Purva Naresh; chapionedby Shernaz Patel & Yael Crishna; partnering with award-winning NGO AAWC, working with the women of KAMATHIPURA. Inspired by the lives and stories of the girls at AAWC


JATINGA is a diverse project

Cast of 11 (includes puppet operator) featuring 9 Australian actors of diverse background: 7 Indian; 1 Filipino; 1 Caribbean. Cast includes 2 actors from Mumbai, both women and members of the originating cast in Kamshet 2014. 8 women & 3 men, age range from 18 - 65

AUDIENCE: bAKEHOUSE diverse work ordinarily generates approx. 10% audience from community of origin. Statistics for JATINGA indicate that this pick up was approx. 40%


JATINGA is theatre to provoke social change

Initiated in partnership with AAWC to create international awareness of the issue of human trafficking, the circumstances of the girls’ lives and the condition the centre operates under

Generated income from an Australian philanthropist to fund an additional night shelter in Kamathipura to care for the most vulnerable girls

Facilitated the establishment of a vocational training centre for hair salons to provide women with an alternative pathway: 5 women now left the brothels and working in salons outside the area

Early stage development of a project to support senior girls through final years of high schooling, vocational or tertiary training and first year of work to transform their lives

Establishment of an arts program: Weekly drama sessions facilitated by Clowns Without Borders; Twice weekly music lessons facilitated by Brett Lee Mewsic program; Weekly visual arts training and practice


JATINGA is an international program

bACE: a cultural and artistic exchange, connecting artists from Sydney & Mumbai, facilitating ongoing international partnership. to date: 4 Sydney based artists funded in Mumbai; 4 Mumbai based artists funded in Sydney; Planning for an annual scholarship for 2 young artists from each city to travel, work and meet with artists. 


JATINGA is a successful and powerful piece of theatre:

Cassie Tongue, Time Out: "an irresistible blend of music, movement, puppetry and arresting performances...for one of our smallest companies to reach out so far beyond themselves to make a difference the world is remarkable...the play is compelling and so is its reach...  CONTINUE

Kevin Jackson: "Modern and mythical India, alive in Kings Cross. Amazing. Do go... CLICK HERE FOR MORE 

Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald: "Spanning the gulf between India's privileged and poor and crowded with characters, Jatinga is an involving work of storytelling, propelled by intrigue, incident, and the portentous image of birds flocking to their doom....Director Suzanne Millar's bAKEHOUSE Theatre production is vividly realised with elements of dance, unison movement and puppetry to the fore... CONTINUE

Developed and Directed by Suzanne Millar

Dramaturg & Producer John Harrison Assistant Director Michael Dean Production Advisor Namita Khatu Set Design Suzanne Millar & John Harrison Lighting Design Benjamin Brockman Sound Design Nate Edmondson Puppet Maker Aleisha Jelbert

Stage Manager Andrew McMartin Photographer Natasha Narula Film Byron Smith

With Sapna Bhavnani, Faezeh Jalali, Suz Mawer, Monroe Reimers, Trishala Sharma, Teresa Tate Britten, Karina Bracken, Jarrod Crellin, Amrik Tumber, Bali Padda, Sheila Kumar, Claudette Clark.

The Sydney 2017 season of JATINGA was supported by: SBW Foundation; LBW Trust; Education and Learning Foundation; Jaipur Asset Management; SG Collections; Solotel & Kings Cross Hotel   

bAEHOUSE has been invited to present JATINGA at NCPA (National Centre of Performing Arts, Mumbai) as part of the prestigious Centre Stage Festival of New Work

we are currently exploring funding support for this season