Sunanda (they/them) is an adopted Punjabi Indian who grew up a closeted lesbian in a hotel block in Bangkok (where their entire family lived). They went to Columbia University and would end up living in Brunswick East throughout the pandemic lockdowns.
Sunanda is also
in love with Britney Spears. After growing up thinking they wanted to be
Britney Spears, their sexual awakening in America at college made them realise they
really wanted to do Britney Spears. And thus, the long road to coming
obsession story with Britney is woven into Sunanda’s life story. They did
a project in Spanish class – that was an homage to Britney. They did
statistical analysis of Grammy award winners versus sales to prove that Britney’s
worth as an artist shouldn’t be tied to awards. They wrote an essay in college…
which just has to be heard about to be believed.
is very funny, very clever and quite moving at times. Sunanda goes deep into
the various identities that define their life. They turn their coming out story
into a Bollywood Western and admit that talking about Britney Spears was a hook
to get us in - to listen to the story about a queer Punjabi adoptee at all.
new to performing, with some transitions between topics and scenes feeling a
bit rough. Occasionally, they came off as nervous – but most of the time,
Sunanda is fully inside this story of their life, throwing out jokes,
reflections and Britney Spears lyrics like la princesa del pop.
- Keith Gow, Theatre First