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Press Highlights


"exemplifies globalization as a people-centered phenomenon of
migration and exchange"

—CNN Traveller


"What Arundhati Roy is to imperialism/fascism/racism in prose, Patel
is to them in poetry."

—The Gulf Today (United Arab Emirates)


"brings out what it means to be a woman in an empire"

—San Francisco Chronicle


"one-woman poetic explosion"

—SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation)


"sets her audience on a collision course with what they know and how they learned it. Stunning and politically charged theatre that will leave you moved, awakened, angry...inspired."

—Daily Nation, Kenya


"Acting....that wakes you like the shock of cold water. Theatre that is hilarious, beautiful, heartbreaking. Shailja is a powerful cantor of our Kenyan being."

—Coastweek (Kenya)


"powerful and eloquent - pitch perfect work."

—Oakland Tribune


"a voice of history"

—Merced Sun-Star


"nothing short of electric... the sort of theatre experience that grows ever more luminescent in memory"

—India West

"powerful inspired spoken word"

—Asian Week


"mind blowing and thought provoking"

—East African Standard


"defiant and courageous master of the spoken word"

—Daily Nation (Kenya)


"riveting unforgettable stage presence"

—Kenya Times