SHOURYA Nidhi has written some heavy stuff about domestic violence, retribution and redemption.
The Kogarah student's play, Bandhak, which he directs, will be performed as part of Abhinay Utsav, a festival organised by St George-based Abhinay School of the Performing Arts that features short plays in Hindi and Bollywood music.
The play revolves around a young man, Jeremy, who is estranged from his biological father and is living with his abusive step-father. With no proper role model, the only person he can turn to is his mother, a drug addict and domestic violence victim.
Jeremy's childhood is marked by physical and emotional abuse and neglect.
Although only 20, Nidhi is an old hand at writing and performing. He has been in the limelight since the age of four and has acted, danced, modelled and appeared on the Nickelodeon channel.
He has performed his stand-up comedy act at Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan's Holi Mahotsav at Darling Harbour and at the India-Australia Fair at Sydney Olympic Park.
Another of his plays, The Hostage, made the top 90 at this year's Short+Sweet, Sydney 2012. His work as an actor in the play received critical appreciation.
Details: 2pm to 5pm this Saturday at Hurstville Civic Theatre.