The Sisters Project
A collaborative project between National Theatre Wales and Junoon
'Sisters' is imagined as a brand new, contemporary work created by a group of artists from Wales and India, whose cultural roots and histories are intrinsically linked and connected to the Indian Sub-continent.  
 
5 artists from India and 5 from Wales are involved in the research and development phase of the project. Each group includes a writer and a creative from each partner organisation (Kully Thiarai from National Theatre Wales (NTW), and Sameera Iyengar from Junoon. For the other four artists from India, we are delighted and honoured to have on board:

1. Sushama Deshpande - actor, writer, director, communicator and journalist
2. Choiti Ghosh - object theatre practitioner, actor and puppeteer
3. Sapan Saran - playwright, poet, writer and actor
4. Tejashree Ingawale - visual artist
 
The artists are undertaking a series of research exercises, which aim to explore questions such as: what does it mean to be a woman today in India and the UK? What does 'home' mean now? How have we been shaped by our travels and encounters with other cultures? What are the myths and stories that bind us? What has shaped us and led us to the point at which we now find ourselves? A digital artist has been brought on board by NTW to design the mechanism of collecting and sharing content and resources between the two artist teams and with communities in Wales in India. Workshops in October and April will respond to this bank of material created by the artists to arrive at a workshop production. This outcome of this production will determine the nature of the next step, towards a full-fledged theatre production.

Work on this unique project has already begun, through skype calls and individual creative exercises. Kully Thiarai, Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales, and Shahnaz Gulzar, digital artist, will be visiting India from the 25th to the 28th of July for a concentrated workshop with the artists from India.

For Junoon, this exciting collaboration is also a first, marking our foray into being directly involved in the making of theatre.