A riveting new stage adaptation from award-winning writer and director Yael Farber. In this new publication, Farber (inspired by contemporary retellings) adapts the ancient tale of The Ramayana, attributed to the Hindu sage Valmiki. The original Ramayana forms a significant part of the Hindu canon, dating to approximately the 5th-4th century BC – with the oldest surviving manuscripts from the 11th century BC. Farber’s potent re-envisioning of this age-old text is a raw and probing contemporary work which places the loss of the Feminine Divine, and thus our lack of spiritual and moral equilibrium, at its visceral core. This is a Ramayana for a new world.
Yael Farber is an award-winning theatre artist of international acclaim. Her original works have toured the world extensively, earning her a reputation for hard-hitting, controversial theatre of the highest artistic standards. She has developed a body of powerful testimonial works, as well as radical adaptations of the classics. With a focus on the personal, her creations invariably articulate the inherently political. Farber was named Artist of the Year in her native South Africa in 2003. She is the recipient of numerous awards both in South Africa and internationally. Her trilogy Theatre as Witness: Three Testimonial Plays from South Africa, as well as her celebrated Orestia adaptation Molora, and RAM: The Abduction of Sita into Darkness, her adaptation of the ancient tale of The Ramayana are also published by Oberon Books.