At this time, Hindu women who were widowed were expected to spend the rest of their lives ostracised from their communities, living a religious life of poverty. Child marriage was also common practice and Water tells the story of one young girl, Chuyia, who was married at seven years old. When her husband dies shortly afterwards, the child is incarcerated in an Ashram with fourteen other widows, her hair cut off and with only a coarse white sari to wear. Chuyia initially believes that her mother will come to take her home again but soon comes to realise that her situation is meant to be permanent.
Barn Theatre, Fri 22nd Nov, 19:30.
Tickets £6, £5 members, £3.50 children under 15, available online, in person in advance from Seaford Tourist Office or, subject to availability, on the door.