If you find yourself in Perth this week, take some time to support local talent and check out Pink Gajah Theatre’s Temuan [the meeting] at the 2017 Fringe World Festival. Performed by local award-winning theatre darling Sharda Maxine Harrison, who we last saw in a brilliant spectrum of roles in W!ld Rice’s Hotel, Temuan was first performed under the name bi(cara) at the 2016 M1 Fringe Festival and has received critical acclaim.
Temuan follows Harrison as she invites audience members into the space to explore the boundaries between human and animal. Inspired by shamanistic practices and her childhood growing up as the daughter of a zoologist, this one-woman tour de force uses a combination of ritualism, multimedia, storytellin and physical theatre. Weaving the stories of conservationists, zookeepers, Orang Asli (Malay aboriginals), Harrison conjures a visceral tale that calls forth a spiritual journey of souls, where man meets animal and is forever changed by it.
We absolutely adore Sharda and the fantastic work she always produces onstage, and are devastated we can’t catch her in Australia (Thank goodness we are getting someone to cover this story for us). This is very likely the beginning of one of the most creative new companies to come out of Singapore, and we’ll be closely following Pink Gajah’s progress as they grow and continue to make amazing theatre.
Temuan [the meeting] plays at The Flaming Locomotive, Engine Room, State Theatre Centre, Northbridge in Perth, Australia from 20-28 January. Tickets available here