• 30 Apr – 19 May 24 Upstairs Theatre


Co-Created and Co-Directed by
Nithya Nagarajan and Liv Satchell

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 30 Apr – 19 May 24
  • Content warning

    Contains adult themes and mentions gendered violence including sexual assault. Includes coarse language, loud music, sudden loud sound, strobe lighting and blackout.

    Approximate running times of each production are uploaded to the production page as soon as that information becomes available. During the rehearsal period running times are liable to change given the extensive workshopping and development each production undergoes before it reaches the stage.

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A virtuosic solo performance mixing storytelling, live music, and Bharatanatyam dance.

A chance remark by an old friend in Sydney takes a woman back to her teenage years: living alone, by the sea in Chennai. She’s preparing for her debut dance recital, her Arangetram. She’s falling in love too! But when young love begins to unravel, the memories flooding back take on a power of their own…

This is a play about the profound ways indelible trauma shapes you, and the hope and defiance of taking back control.

A breathtaking solo performance melding storytelling, live music and Bharatanatyam dance, made for the unique talents of Helpmann Award-winning Vaishnavi Suryaprakash (Counting and Cracking, Galileo, Sami in Paradise), Nayika is story as survival. It is dance as resistance. It is a new type of heroine: one we have yet to imagine.

Vaishnavi is another treasure of the Belvoir stage, and this piece will enhance her reputation as a performer of skill and nuance, I’m sure. It’s astonishing how this work can be simultaneously rhapsodic and confronting. The dance is hypnotic, the music is spine-tingling, and the story is haunting and profound. – Eamon

The development of this work has been supported by: Vitalstatistix and Arts House. Early stages of the work developed with creative input from Vaishnavi Suryaprakash and Marco Cher-Gibard.

Performance Times


  • Full Price (Adult)^ $74 – $95
  • Mates Rates (Adult)^ $69 – $85
  • Senior* $64 – $85
  • Concession $54 – $75
  • 30-Down# $52 – $67
  • Previews $55 – $60
  • Student Saver $39 – $54

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~ Bookings of 10+ full price adult tickets receive a $10 discount per ticket.
^ Tickets to Saturday and Sunday performances may have an added $5 surcharge.
* Seniors prices are available with an eligible Australian Government-issued Seniors Card.
† Concession prices are available with a full-time student card, Centrelink Pensioner concession card, Veterans’ Affairs cards, and to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), and ArtsHub, and HotHouse Theatre Subscribers.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday matinees.


  • Nithya Nagarajan
    Co-Creator and Co-Director
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    Nithya Nagarajan is a contemporary performance maker and curator working across Australia and the Asia Pacific with an award-winning PhD in Performance Studies. She has 12 years’ experience in programming, creative producing, international engagement and transformative justice in the arts. She currently serves as co-Artistic Director at Arts House, forms 1/4th of artist collective H_ME W_WRK […]

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  • Liv Satchell
    Co-Creator and Co-Director
  • Cast

  • Vaishnavi Suryaprakash
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    Vaishnavi Suryaprakash is an actor, dancer and emerging writer. She completed her training at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney, in 2017 and also holds an Arts/Law degree from Sydney University. Her theatre credits include Counting and Cracking, Life of Galileo and Sami in Paradise for Belvoir; Grand Horizons, White Pearl and Julius Caesar […]

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  • Musicians

  • Marco Cher-Gibard
  • Bhairavi Raman
  • Creatives

  • Marco Cher-Gibard
    Sound Designer and Composer
  • Keerthi Subramanyam
    Set and Costume Designer
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    Keerthi is a Sydney based set and costume designer for live performance and film. Keerthi is a National Institute of Dramatic Art, BFA (Design for Performance, 2019) graduate, and a member of the Australian Production Design Guild. Keerthi has designed set and costumes for Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, Chewing Gum […]

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  • Morgan Moroney
    Lighting Designer
  • S. Shakthidharan
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    Shakthi is a western Sydney storyteller with Sri Lankan heritage and Tamil ancestry. He’s a writer, director and composer of original music. His debut play Counting and Cracking (Belvoir and Co-Curious), received critical, commercial and community acclaim at the 2019 Sydney and Adelaide Festivals. The script won the Victorian Premier’s Literature Prize and the NSW […]

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    See this play for:

    Recommended for Years 11 – 12

    Curriculum Links

    Drama (Stage 6)
    • Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles
    • Individual Project: Performance
    Dance (Stage 6)
    • Artform
      (Outcomes P1.1, P1.4, H1.1, H1.3)
    • Appreciation
      (Outcomes P4.4, P4.5, H4.1, H4.5)

    Schools Performances

    All schools performances are followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
    • Fri, 17 May 2024 11:30am

    Tickets are only $25 per student with one complimentary teacher ticket for every ten students booked.

    Evening and Matinee Performances

    School groups can book any general public performance. Book our Thursday 1PM matinees for the schools performance price of $25 per ticket, or an evening performance from $45 per student.

    What to expect

    Belvoir creates for a wide audience and our productions may contain mature content. Accurate information about productions including running times and content is available once rehearsals have begun.

    Contact Us

    For more information about our education programs, please get in touch.

    Head of Education Jane May
    Education Manager Stevie Bryant
    +61 (2) 8396 6241

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