A Disturbing Focus on The Man Through His Women

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In the recent production of The Sandpit: Womensis, actor Anne James played Santha, a conservative Hindu woman scorned, not so much by her husband taking another wife, as by Wife No 2’s newfangled ideas about modesty:

“The way she sits!” Anne said, scandalised. In imitation she slouched into a chair, thighs open and straining against her sari. “Like this. All the winds in the world blowing between her legs.”

It was a comic moment, and the audience couldn’t help but erupt with laughter. Humour in the play was a rare and welcome relief.


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