Paven Virk

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Plays by Paven Virk

The Usual Auntijies

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

The Usual Auntijies is a bitter-sweet comic-drama that visits the lives of four women as they embark on an inspiring, emotional and comic journey to overcome the past and rediscover their sense of life, love and happiness.

Somewhere in the city live three elderly, South Asian auntijies – a term of respect for a woman older than oneself – who have found themselves together in a refuge for abused women. It is a house empty of memories and bereft of their families and friends. Nearby, a new Indian bride has arrived in the country only to find herself in a place that she is utterly unprepared for.

The play explores ideas of family and the cultural differences that exist between the East and West, and is a celebration of all women of a particular age whose desires and struggles are too often forgotten. The Usual Auntijies was first presented in 2011 at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

Paven Virk founded the Second Generation Theatre Company at 17. She has been part of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme, the NFTS Screenwriting for Film & TV Course and the Theatre Royal Stratford East Musical Theatre Writing Residency. Her play The Usual Auntijies (published by Methuen Drama) premiered at the Belgrade Theatre B, Coventry in 2011, while So You Think You're a Superhero? formed part of 2012's National Theatre Connections Plays for Young People.