Jay Emmanuel

Jay Emmanuel’s newest work, Sunset (working title), is a new devised work exploring themes of choice, control and transformation.

A 20-something Aarav takes a journey to find his lost family in India, only to meet a soul from another lifetime leading him to transformative encounters with the self and his queer ancestor revealing the true meaning of family and belonging.

Partially inspired by Karthika Naïr’s award-winning book Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, an original reworking of the epic Mahabharata, and remembrance of Jay Emmanuel’s childhood in India, Sunset offers a perspective into ancient and contemporary Indian imagination and culture before colonisation, where sexuality and gender were fluid concepts.

An ultimate search for understanding, identity and love across cultures and history, Sunset 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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Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.