A Festival of 'Plays that Almost Weren't'
The schedule of plays at the 15th Annual Ranga Shankara Festival is here.
The line-up is exciting - a mixture of new plays and new versions and responses to existing ones.
We have a Tamil adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (Chandala, impure), adaptations of the short stories of Vijaydaan Dehta (Dohri Zindagi) and Dario Fo and Franca Rame (Una Madre/Ammi Jaan), a response to Gurdeep Kaur Bhatti's Behzti called I am Not Here and intriguing adaptations of the more popular George Orwell (Animal Farm), Henrik Ibsen (Hedda Gabler/Ahalya B.D.), Eugene Ionesco (Rhinoceros/Mahish) and Yevgeny Schwartz (The Dragon/Rakshas). Top this off with a Nepali production about an 18th Century Nepali Queen who has been written out of history (Rajendra Laxmi) and you have a truly formidable selection of writers and stories.
Three women directors, five woman-centric stories; two Kannada, three Hindi, one Tamil, two English, and one Nepali production; five premieres; seven plays by young directors. This Festival, just by its selection of plays, is keeping Theatre Alive!
Watch this space for news of exciting fringe activities - debates, film screenings, play readings and a couple more things we're keeping secret for now.