Beneath the Music

Jay Emmanuel

Jay Emmanuel’s latest work, Beneath the Music, is a new commissioned work exploring love, choice, and transformation through the coluorful life of a mother and son in search of each other

Partially inspired by Karthika Naïr’s award-winning book Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, an original reworking of the epic Mahabharata, Beneath the Music offers a perspective into ancient and contemporary Indian imagination and culture through the centuries and examines to what degree sexuality and gender were once more fluid concepts.

An ultimate search for understanding, identity and love across cultures and history, Beneath the Music aims to explore the physical and ethereal nature of gender and sexuality through poignant and energetic theatrical vignettes combining dance and theatre.


Jay Emmanuel

Matt Edgerton

Karthika Nair

Devisors (First stage development)
Jay Emmanuel
Ella Hetherington
Jeremy James
Manjula Radhakrishnan

Musician & Composer
Praashekh Borkar

Set & Costume Designer
Zoe Atkinson

Stage Manager
Karen Cook

Produced by
Performing Lines WA

Information for Presenters

Jeremy Smith Senior Producer

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Produced by Performing Lines WA, Sunset received writing commission and development support from Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Sunset is supported by the WA Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries through its Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative program and the Australia Council for the Arts.

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