Audiences in London react to theatre production Nirbhaya | ActionAid UK

Gang-rape, beatings, kerosene attacks – enough is enough! Theatre production Nirbhaya leaves a powerful impression on audiences in London.

Last night we bid farewell to an incredible group of people we've had the pleasure of working with for the last week. Director Yael Garber and an inspiring cast from Nirbhaya the Play have left their home at the Southbank after an eight-show run. They now head to India for the next phase of their journey. 

The idea for the play was born after Jyoti Singh - known in India as Nirbhaya or “fearless one” – was brutally gang raped on a bus in Delhi on December 16 2012 and died of her injuries 13 days later.

We want to thank Yael, the cast, the producers and the Southbank for putting on such a powerful, engaging and important piece of work - and for letting us be a part of it.

Fearless: sharing stories of violence against women

So many people shared their stories on ActionAid’s FEARLESS wall and ‘raised their hand’ in solidarity with women globally who are affected by violence simply because they are women. We heard astounding stories, which made us angry and more determined to stand up and say enough is enough. 

The audience praised the actors for sharing their personal stories and called for an end to violence against women. Watch our video and read their reactions below.

I raise my hand against sexual violence 

Ira Guha, Bangalore:

“I don’t think I’ve ever been so attached to the theatre and stirred to actually do something about the issue myself. What I wrote down on my card, is that I raise my hand against sexual violence in marriages in India, which continues to be legal. It is legal for a man to rape his wife and this is a major issue that has not been changed within the law and which we need to address.”

You should speak because someone is listening

Davija, Campus Editor at the University of Westminster:

“I wrote on my card that I would try to get more involved and not be a part of the silence. I think for a very long time, I distanced myself from anything that I saw because I felt that nobody would care even if I did speak out and that’s part of the problem.

"The second you become indifferent; you are part of the problem. You are not going to help; you are not going to be part of the solution. I think even if you don’t think your words are going anywhere, you should definitely speak because someone is listening, even if you don’t think they are.”

Thank you for giving a voice to millions of women

Shambhavi Bhat, Bombay:

“One of the most moving theatre pieces I’ve ever seen. It’s something that resonated with me and I would definitely recommend it. If you are a woman who wants somewhere to voice your opinions then it’s really good. On my card I wrote 'thank you for giving a voice to millions of women and girls aren’t allowed to speak out, I raise my hand in solidarity’.”

One in three women will experience violence in their lifetimes. ActionAid focuses on ending violence against women all around the world, because we know violence traps women, their families and whole communities in poverty.