In Iraq, a wedding is not a wedding unless shots get fired. It`s like in England where a wedding is not a wedding unless someone pukes or tries to grope one of the bridesmaids. That`s just the way it goes. Winner of the 17th Meyer Whitworth award and the 2008 George Devine award, Hassan Abdulrazzak, in his first play, not only covers an enormous amount of territory, he also reminds us of the infinite human contradictions within any nation. From cosmopolitan London to the chaos of war-ravaged Baghdad, this is the tale of three friends, who grapple with their cultural, political and sexual identities, torn between two worlds. And, one wedding that goes horribly wrong.
.fury, hurry, worry, desires, rebellion, thrill, fiascos, exhaustion, revelations, insanity & more! What happens when a group of 6 people are forced to stay together for 15 days in complete isolation from the outside world? Watch them as they go through a journey which forces them to look inside themselves, question their own perspectives & shake hands with their instincts. Based on personal experiences, the play is a sketch of hope & life, performed as an ensemble of words, songs and poetry. Warning: The play is scriptless. Each show is an original, and can never be seen again in its entirety.
Listen: An awkward silence in a psychotherapist`s office.
When a man gives you his life history- one thing is for sure- he`s editing out the bad parts- or maybe just all of it.
Cast: Merherzad Patel, Danesh Khambata, Sajeel Parakh, Parinaz Jal and Danesh Irani
Monster Date: A first date gone horribly wrong, yet portrayed as terribly right.
When a man and woman spend an awkward blind date together- you are given the option of deciding- which one of them is the real Monster on this date?
Cast: Shikha Talsania, Hormuz Bana and Afshad Kelawala
Late: Audience members should not be allowed in the theatre once the performance begins- the actors in LATE beg to differ as they push and pull and shove in this comedy which ``ushers`` in the farce of theatrical madness. Or rather just madness at a theatre.
Cast: Danesh Irani, Sajeel Parakh, Anoushka Jehani, Siddharth Merchant, Danesh Khambata and Meherzad Patel
Bang Bang: A boy goes back to school with a gun and kills all his friends who mocked him the previous day. Only to be haunted by them everyday for the rest of his life.
Cast: Danesh Razvi, Siddharth Merchant, Anam Vadgama, Nirali Trivedi, Neville Dadina and Kunal Bakliwal
After Wichhre Paani, Hatya Ek Akaar Ki, Dara Shikoh and Amrita - A Sublime Love Story, IMPRESSARIO ASIA, New Delhi presents Kuch Ishq Kiya Kuch Kaam, a musically enriched played on the life of the romantic revolutionary Faiz Ahmed Faiz. This lively play shall showcase the dramatic life and sublime poetry by the celebrated poet who is considered a messiah for the oppressed classes all over the world. His romance with his country was as passionate as the other romances in his life. Come and hear the immortal Mujh Se Pehle Si Mohabbat Meri Mehboob Na Mang or Kab Yaad Mein Tera Sath Nahin, Kab Hath Mein Tera Hath Nahin and his immortal lines in the jail Matah-e Loh Kalam Chhin Gayi Hai Tau Kya Gam Hai, Ke Khoon-e Dil Mein Dubbo Li Hain Ungliyan Maine.Directed by K.K. Kohli who has worked on this project for many years now.
Pramay is a tale of the fragility of love and life in contrast to the finer complexities that rule the mind. It is the story of a brilliant but eccentrentic mathematician, who was not disturbed by the world, who called his devotion for mathematics, madness or insanity. He did not halt, even when his brilliance caused his death. But now his daughter, who comes to terms with his death, struggles to overcome the dilemma of accepting the genius of her father, as an inheritance, without the fear of paying the painful price of being dragged into insane eruptions of soliloquy. Pramey is an inter-weaving tale of contradictions and a beautiful depiction of how the mathematics of the mind ultimately solves the complex equation of emotions.
Yours Truly Theatre brings another exciting Interactive Theatre performance `Masala Improv Comedy` India`s own version of `Whose line is it anyway` rich with Indian Masalas n Tadkas!In this show, there are short- games where the audiences suggest situations and characters and the actors enact them impromptu. Widely popular in US. Theatre sports for an audience would be on the same lines as the popular TV Show ``whose line is it anyway``. Yours Truly members are trained in theatre sports extensively. A perfect way to kick start your 2012 with some FUN & LAUGHTER! We say ROFL with us!
''I see my hand turn it on. And see my eyes and a part of my brain agree. And the part that sort of doesn't, just goes quiet and allows it... and then participates... or goes too numb to care. It's ... comforting. But sometimes, not often, it suddenly makes me crave my patch of sky.'' There is the urge to create. There is the need to survive. And then there is television! Satellite City is the kaleidoscopic world of a motley bunch of characters and their struggle to make their lives about something.
Incarcerated in a state mental institution, R.P. McMurphy believes hes beaten the system and escaped serving prison term on a work farm. In his effort to assert himself in this "loony bin" he encounters the head nurse, Nurse Ratched who runs her ward like a citadel of discipline, her
patients having long since given up the struggle to assert themselves. Overpowered by her iron-hand-in-velvet-glove style of authority, they blindly follow her word, because any other way is not an option.
Appalled by the docility of his fellow patients, McMurphy begins his one man campaign to render her powerless. First in fun, and then in dire earnestness, he sets out to create havoc on her well-run ward; to colour the gray walls of the institution with the chaos of laughter, anger and the insanity of life.
"One flew over the cuckoos nest" is a roller coaster ride on an emotional track, and bursts with moments poignant with raw simplicity and purity of human thought; a struggle between the desire for expression and the expression of desire, against the shackles of constraint.
Varun Grover & Varun Thakur, part of the comedy troupe- `Schitzengiggles`, take centre-stage with comical takes on politics, films, Bombay life. One`s a frustrated writer, the other is a frustrated struggling actor. An Old World Culture Presentation.
A boy picks up a football. A doctor picks up a toy. A girl picks up a story. A boy picks up a shoe. A soldier picks up his gun. A boy picks up a stone. A vulture picks up a bone. A Djinn picks up from where he left off ...The Djinns of Eidgahis the story of Ashrafi and Bilal, two children stranded in the tragic impasse of Kashmir.
Based on a story from a Buddhist text, Tagore`s Chandalika tells the tale of Prakriti, an untouchable girl
forced to live on the periphery of society. One day a Buddhist monk, Ananda, asks her for water. Prakriti falls
desperately in love with Ananda, and pleads with her mother, a woman with extraordinary magical powers, to
cast a spell on him so that he returns.
Paresh Rawal took the theater circuit by storm with his hilarious playKrishna Vs Kanhaiya in North America. The play was originally based on a play in GujaratiKanji Virrudh Kanji. The play is about an aethiest, Krishnan, who fights with God for having incurred huge losses with his antique shop in an earthquake. This witty play features Krishnan in the lead role; a man approaches an insurance company to claim some returns for the damages in his antique store. However, the claim gets rejected as the insurance company determines the calamity as an act of God. This enrages Krishnan who now wants to battle this with God, Kanhaiya.
The Golden Dragon, Germanys most successful new play, is the second in the 6-play Jagriti Season that started in December and runs through to June 2012. The prolific German playwright, Roland Schimmelpfennig and his English translator, David Tushingham have come up with another stage success that won the Olivier Award for the Actors Touring Company at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2011.
Through fun moments, this theatrical fable deals with larger socio-economic issues of modern life and migration, whisking you from your local takeaway to East Asia and back, revealing what really goes into that bowl of spicy soup.
The Golden Dragon is a tragicomic tale of globalization, set in your local Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese takeaway. A glorious interconnectedness of lifes rich tapestry and instant karma that gives genuine food for thought, which travels everywhere and nowhere in a deconstructed soap opera about modern migration. (The Herald)
Presenting Partner - The British Council
Alternate Initiatives presents Ek Madhav Baug, a Play in Hindi. Originally written by the late celebrated playwright Chetan Datar. Ek Madhav Baug is a pioneering play about homosexuality and acceptance of the gay community. This poignant play tells the story of a 21 year-old youth coming to terms with his sexuality. The play is seen from the point of view of his mother who discovers that her son is gay and through his diary, relives his journey of discovery of his own sexuality.
Kab Hogi Bhet is a romantic comedy set in the pristine and beautiful Northern state of India, Uttarakhand focussing on Gajendra and Rukmani who meet in very unusual circumstances when Gajendra and his group are participating in a song and dance competition in Pithoragarh where he portrays a lady and Rukmani replaces one of Gajendra`s group members, Paramanand. The group also has Kedar, the un-leader of the group and Rami the bungler. The theatre sound system packs up. In the hilarious confusion, Rukmani and Gajendra fall in love. With the help of a very colorful character, Dhansingh, Gajendra clandestinely meets Rukmani in her village. The village is abuzz with their love story. Other interesting characters in the story are the fire-spewing Bhabhi, Indradev who tries to kill Gajendra, eighty-year old Chintamani, his beautiful granddaughter Hema and Anita Devi, the teacher and a mystery women Bina.
Pooja and Mitch come to India to make a documentary on caste-based prostitution, but it's not as easy as they hoped. Seema, the sex worker, is uneducated, but intelligent enough to make them run around in circles. Rupa's shy, but keen to explore the world outside. There is a trucker who thinks he is smart but always gets duped by the girls. A village full of sex workers where nothing and nobody comes for free, a price has to be paid eventually.
An NCPA Centre for the Promotion of Arts and Culture Trust PresentationZest! is a platform for campus and youth theatre. On a Tuesday every month, winners of intercollegiate drama competitions and other fine student or amateur youth productions will be showcased at the Godrej Theatre. This January, there will be two 40-minute Hindi plays being performed at Zest! These are the winners of the IPTA inter-collegiate theatre competition. Both won the best production and several other prizes for acting and design.The first is Jummebaaz, a play by the students of Joshi Bedekar College. It is the story of a mill worker Mohammad, who loses everything in a union strike and is forced to live on the footpath with his pregnant wife. To feed his family, he starts selling movie tickets in black outside a theatre. He succeeds in keeping this secret from his son Rizvan until, one day, the boy goes out to watch a film with his friends and finds his father selling tickets in black. What does the father do to protect the innocence of his son?The second play is The Maruti and A Maruti, by the students of M. L. Dahanukar College. This play, through the metaphor of Maruti or Lord Hanuman, explores the situation that the youth of today are facing. The play is a comic conversation involving contrasts between both the Marutis a god and a young boy without confidence.
Blood is thicker than water, but just how thick is the bond that holds a mother and her daughters together? Could it snap under the weight of an unforgivable mistake, or does it dissolve under the pressure of a lifelong betrayal? The Long Way Home offers us a keyhole view into the lives of three women with ashared past that both unites them and threatens to destroy them. It`s a journey that they have been putting off all their lives, until now.
Someone`s to blame for this collapse.but who?
A free willing Maya, an inherently insecure Shekhar or a clueless Karan who just can`t speak his mind? Perhaps all of them. Or perhaps none.
Set in the city of Bangalore, Once, On That Street is a story of Three Lives. Two failed Love stories. One Apartment. One night. One decision.
Accounts of music-making in India, and stories of the struggles and hardships faced by musicians, both real and imaginary, lay the foundation for a collage of dramatized episodes that blend theatre, music and literature. Stories in a Song takes the help of theatre to tell stories of musical forms such as kajri, thumridadra, khayal, remixes and more.
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