Death, masculinity and non-maternal women populate the stage at this year's National Centre for the Performing Arts' theatre festival, 'Centrestage'
A voice message left behind for her mother by an Iranian woman on death row has sparked off a new Indian play 07/07/07 that is part of an impressive line-up at the NCPA Centrestage Festival 2015, which commenced on Friday. Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed by hanging in Tehran a little more than a year ago, and director Faezeh Jalali seeks to commemorate her through her own words, using the voice message that went viral on the Internet and led to an international furore, and a blog published by her lawyer. Jabbari’s so-called crime was to fatally stab a man she said had attempted to rape her. Given Jalali’s grounding in physical theatre, her ensemble of 10 actors navigate this emotional minefield with their bodies and voices, to give us an array of incarcerated women whose lives follow similar patterns. The play, 07/07/07, recalls the day of the stabbing (7 July 2007), a creative choice that sets the tone for a piece not necessarily concerned with the politics of capital punishment, as it is with the snuffing out of women’s lives.