"The myriad facets of womankind"
by Rebecca Wall for remotegoat on 10/10/16

Telling of the romance of Sati, a human girl, and Shiva, the immortal 'destroyer', against the backdrop of the gods' struggles against the demons of the underworld, this was an engrossing, entertaining, and ultimately inspiring exploration of feminine power, and the myriad facets of the female self.

Although the Hindu myth (and to a certain extent the culture which has nurtured it) was unfamiliar to me, this enhanced rather than limited my experience of the tale, meaning that I truly never knew what would happen next, as gods transformed and shifted shape from child to turtle to god again, died and were reborn. I struggled somewhat with the narrative's emphasis on motherhood, though its depiction of the relationship between Sati/Parvati and Shiva was both timeless and hilarious, and I could only cheer at the terrifying power that Kali unleashes, a satisfying depiction of woman as neither saint nor whore, but enraged warrior, storming down the mountainside to prevail where male gods have failed.

Emily Hennessey's narrator was energetic and expressive, while Sheema Mukherjee's musical accompaniment informed rather than distracted from the plot. The engagement between the two was perfectly pitched, each feeding and supporting the other, and combining to transport the audience to an exciting time, long ago and far away.

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