Ammumma’s House is part autobiography and part dream. It explores the ways in which magic and the surreal can bloom into our everyday lives through the story of Anamika, a young woman reflecting on her relationship to her grandmother and the culture she left behind.
"It is driven by my personal mission to interrogate the tired notion of culture and tradition being a burden, something that limits our horizons and something we have to leave behind in order to ‘get ahead’ in a white supremacist patriarchal world.
The central theme of the piece is the resilience and healing that can come from embracing our heritage. This message is particularly pertinent for young people of colour today, who rarely see stories where CALD communities are sources of pride and protection."
Content Warnings: Mention of death and dying, mention of discrimination/racism, coarse language, surrealism/derealisation, loud and sudden noises
Writer/Director/Performer: Isha Menon
Cinematographer: Kishani Selvadurai
Soundtrack ‘India’ Royalty Free Music from Bensound
"Ammumma’s House shows a young person of colour finding pride and resilience in their cultural heritage. We see Anamika find her own unique connection to her culture and sidestep narratives around CALD communities that paint them as apathetic and weak.
Being part of Ahead of the Curve has been an opportunity to connect with and learn from other creatives of colour and to work with incredibly talented POC artists to make a piece where culture is strength. It has been an unforgettable experience, and one I am stoked to have been a part of."
Presented as part of MAV’s Ahead of the Curve program.
Supported by The Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.
Isha Menon is a curious and adventurous theatremaker who makes theatre that is absurd, heartfelt, dramatic and irreverent. In 2019, they wrote, directed and performed in a two hander girl walks home from a train as part of the inaugural student-lead arts festival Discord held at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). In 2020, Isha received a grant from Union House Theatre to launch Voices in Isolation, an interactive website that invited Melbournians to submit stories about their isolation experiences. Isha made their theatrical debut in Melbourne earlier this year in ‘Very Nice Pot Plants’ (dir. Karla Livingston and Zachary Sheridan) at Theatreworks Glasshouse venue. Some of their credits from her time at VCA include being part of Otello: What’s Changed (dir. Draf Draffin) where they wrote and performed Butterfly!, and Sleep Faster Show Cat (dir. Emma Hall), a semi-improvised endurance theatre piece set entirely in the surreal online world of Zoom.