“In parts of northern India there are 300 women to 1,000 men,” says Sharmila [Chauhan]. “Polyandry is not normal but it is becoming more common.”Sounds like it would be interesting.
The latest new drama to come to the Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth, might sound heavy stuff but is not all darkness.
“There are lighter moments. It is turned on its head.
“It looks at the relation between the husbands. There is a feeling of brotherhood and tenderness.
“It is intense but there are moments that are surprisingly funny.”
She says, though, that polyandry and matriarchal societies are not as rare as many believe, especially if you travel in history or in time. “I went to Kerala (southern India), to see the way of life of the Nair people who used to be matriarchal. I have done lots of research about polyandrous communities across the world in Africa, parts of the Far east and south Asia.It is happening in polyamorous homes all over the world.
The Husbands is at the Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth, from Wednesday to Saturday, February 12-15.