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Fully Sikh

by Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

Approx. 85 mins

Recommended ages 12+

I’m not the one that’s a freak, I’m fully Sikh.

Fully Sikh is a new Australian work by one of Australia’s most talented and celebrated spoken word artists. Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa’s culture and politics have informed her poetry for years. She made headlines around the globe when she performed a rousing poem confronting racism on Australia’s Got Talent and went on to tour her poetry across Australia and overseas. Fully Sikh is Sukhjit’s story and marks her highly anticipated theatre debut.

Fully Sikh is a celebration of family and Sikh culture, with all of its complexity, told with Sukhjit’s lyrical style and flow. It is the story of growing up as a brown, hairy Sikh girl in the Perth suburbs and features Punjabi cooking live on stage.

Accompanying Sukhjit on stage is the virtuosic musician Pavan Kumar Hari. Pavan’s score moves playfully from 90’s power ballads to hauntingly beautiful Sikh hymns played on an array of traditional instruments and kitchen implements.

Fully Sikh premiered in Perth on 10 October and is a co-production between Barking Gecko Theatre and Black Swan State Theatre Company.

Check out the Fully Sikh programme here.

Fully Sikh contains mild course language, haze effects and the use of wheat, gluten and coriander.

As part of your Fully Sikh experience, you are invited to remove your shoes before entering the theatre as a sign of respect.

Location

Venue

Dates

Kalamunda, Australia

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre

Saturday, 05 September 2020

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Harvey, Australia

Harvey Recreational and Cultural Centre

Monday, 09 September 2019

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Gosnells, Australia

Don Russell Performing Arts Centre

Saturday, 12 September 2020

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Mandurah, Australia

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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Bunbury, Australia

BREC

Thursday, 17 September 2020

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Albany, Australia

Albany Entertainment Centre

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

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Kalgoorlie, Australia

Goldfields Arts Centre

Saturday, 26 September 2020

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ArtsHub

Fully Sikh

Fully Sikh arrives, perfectly formed, at the intersections of culture, faith and humanity and asks that we listen. 5 stars out of 5 ★★★★★ Read More ▶

Published 15/10/2019

The Conversation

A charismatic, generous performance about growing up Sikh in Australia

It makes sense Fully Sikh has emerged from Barking Gecko, a company with a focus on making work for families and children. It is perfectly pitched for a young audience, but also with a broader audience appeal. Read More ▶

Published 21/10/2019

Community News

A celebration of family and Sikh culture

She finishes the production with a sacred Shabad instead of a traditional curtain call, which remains long after being reunited with your shoes and leaving the theatre. Read More ▶

Published 14/10/2019

Stage Whispers

Fully Sikh Review

The World Premiere of Fully Sikh is a vibrant, clever celebration of Sikh and Punjabi culture, that is funny, warm and subtly informative. Read More ▶

Published 15/10/2019

Creative Team

Playwright Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

Director Matt Edgerton

Composer Pavan Kumar Hari

Set & Costume Designer Isla Shaw

Dramaturg Clare Watson

Sound Designer Tim Collins

Creative Advisor Zainab Syed

Production Manager Michael Maclean

Stage Manager Emily Stokoe

Assistant Stage Manager Chelsea Knight

Cast

Performer Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

Musician Pavan Kumar Hari

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