During the course of one hour A Vancouver Guldasta, written and directed by Paneet Singh, immerses you within a Punjabi home during the early 80s when the Sikh community in India is under attack. The unrest in India stretches across the ocean and as an audience you experience the effects on family and communities and how it heightens the struggle with their own identities, their sense of home and freedom and how these struggles affect their actions. You feel their helplessness, frustration and fear. What makes this script extra special is how Singh weaves in the Vietnamese character and the impact it has on the entire story. Although historical and educational this production is one of emotion that elicits empathy for those who build a home away from their origins in pursuit of freedom but don’t always necessarily feel free and appreciation for how insignificant many of our troubles are.
A Vancouver Guldasta is playing at the Cultch until 21 October 2018.
Tickets at: https://thecultch.com/events/a-vancouver-guldasta/
~ reviewed by Karen Roller
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