Who would agree that Australia has an ignorant view of Sikhism? Many would see the turban and believe they have the same views as Osama Bin Laden! This of course is very far from the truth and sometimes we need a real Australian story to outline this.
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is just the right person to open our eyes about being a young Australian Sikh – growing up in the mild-mannered suburbs of Leeming. Our first thoughts of Leeming are a standard white middle-class area – however, this is rapidly changing with the influx of Asian immigration since The White Australia Policy ended in the 70s. The immigrant story has always captured the Australian heart, since most of us come from immigrant heritage – paradoxically there is a xenophobic nature inbuilt into our culture.
Kaur Khalsa is as Millennial as you get where growing up, she would listen to an iPod and the biggest fear in the world was global jihad terrorism. This highly connected world is a very scary place – especially when your family is about tradition and sticking that old path. That typical Gen Y optimism that traditions can change and evolve to something all-encompassing is brilliantly shone through in this poetic twenty something year old. Positivity and openness are the clearest way to gain creative insight and this funky spoken word artist is a true testament to this. Before you enter, there is an option to have a turban created for your head and then we are all asked take off our shoes before entering the theatre that has been turned into an area that represents what going into her childhood house was like.
Once you are in, prepare for plenty of music from everyone – including her brother who showcases his multi-instrument talent with ease andgood-humoured charm. The beautiful sounds coming from the stage will make you want to get up and dance and luckily Kaur Khalsa gets you to that – for a bit! To celebrate people coming together, this show has a few pre-show volunteers learning some Indian cuisine, as it is the best way to a person’s heart – especially if you are from the Indian sub-continent. There is certainly a festival atmosphere that is heightened by the charisma of Kaur Khalsa who talks with a rhythm that grabs your attention and holds it indefinitely and is not preaching negativity against the bigots, but rather educating others about her human soul – where you could laugh or click your fingers in agreeance.
Alienation from both family and peers is the main theme of Fully Sikh and it is certainly a story of overcoming this adversity by embracing the unique balance of being connected to both. There are also the usual teenage stories of unrequited love and peer pressure that keeps it real, in a fully Sikh way! A show for young and old, come see a very friendly Kaur Khalsa take you on a musical, poetic journey about multicultural Australia and Sikhism, at its coolest.
REVIEW | Kieran Eaton
WHEN: 10th October – 3rd November 2019 | 2:30pm, 630pm and 730pm
WHERE: Perth State Theatre | Studio Underground| Northbridge
INFO: Tickets $25 -$55 | Duration 85 mins | 15+ | THEATRE