Staging stories of iconic women

loading Sabera Shaik conveying a thoughtful moment during her performance.

Sabera Shaik spotlights womanhood at the Naga Women Festival. Too bad the Penang audience is found badly wanting.

It’s hard to believe from the way Sabera Shaik writhes and wriggles on the dance floor that she is 62 years old. Slender, mild-mannered and sharp-eyed, Sabera is the founder of Masakini Theatre, a local company that initiates young performers into the theatre scene. She is also, on this occasion, the producer of Naga Women Festival, a compact series of three solo performances held in April that celebrate women and the various stories they tell.

Why women? “It’s something I know,” says Sabera with pride. “I know how a woman feels, how she sees things and how the world sees her.”

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