Abigail Banks

Siddhartha becomes the Buddha at the Union Theatre

Union Theatre is currently presenting Sri Chinmoyâs Siddhartha becomes the Buddha. It is presented by Immortalityâs Flame-Waves, an all female company that was started by the playâs director and actor Dipika Smith.

Siddhartha becomes the Buddha is a peaceful play that incorporates the wisdom and sensitive nature of the Buddha through adapted scenes of his life and events. By beginning the journey we watch him grow from ignorant prince, to enlightened leader, and ultimately to his departure from earth. This play is full of great music and lighting that sets the mood of serenity and peace. There is also dance performed by members of the cast.

The cast is comprised of Dipika Smith, Shankara Smith, Jayashri Wyatt, Suruchi Gero, Nurari Merry, Bhashini Neve, and Sarada Crowe. All these women together express a gentleness about the Buddha's life, with occasional bits of humour, that wouldn't be the same if it were a mixed gender cast.

• Until 30 July 2005 at the Union Theatre, Union Street.

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