When Jyoti Singh Pandey – dubbed “Nirbhaya” (“fearless”) — was raped and murdered by a gang of men, the reaction was widespread disgust at the misogyny it represented. After last year’s Mies Julie, Yael Farber again hits disturbing real-life territory by intertwining Nirbhaya’s fate with accounts of other women’s violent experiences, from gang rape to immolation. The piece is visceral in its accuracy, especially as two of the women are relaying their real experiences, but can lean too heavily towards misery to have nuance. A story worth telling, often beautifully performed, but lacking a truly new angle on this conversation.
Nirbhaya is playing at Assembly Hall until August 26th (not 19th).
Tickets: £14 (£13)