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9th September 2009:
Asan Memorial School and PSBB School

10th September 2009:
Bala Vidya Mandir School - Morning
General Show - Spaces, No.1 Elliots Beach Road @ 7 PM.


Based on Shakespeare`s immortal comedy about twin siblings separated in a sea storm and re-united after many adventures. Cross dressing, love triangles and much chaos are all in this story told with small rod (bunraku style )puppets and puppeteers as storytellers and actors. The show has performed over 50 shows


Viola and Sebastian set off on a sea voyage in search of a new life but their ship is destroyed in a sea storm and the twins are separated. Viola is washes ashore the island of Illiriya and is found by two maids. They help her dress as a man, Cezario, to help her find work. She gets a job as Duke Orsino’s pageboy. The Duke is smitten by lady Olivia who has been mourning the death of her brother and father in solitary confinement. Orsino sends his pageboy Viola, to woo Olivia on his behalf. Olivia falls in love with the pageboy instead. In the meantime the domestic staff at Lady Olivia’s home is engaged in their own intrigue. Malvolio the butler and Maria the maid are constantly bickering. Maria tricks Malvolio into believing that lady Olivia loves him. A crazy love triangle follows but in the end there is a twist in the tale………………..

DURATION - 55 minutes

1. Pawan Waghmare
2. Anurupa Roy
3. Choiti Ghosh
4. Manish Halder
5. Sunil Gupta
6. Light designer- Nitin

MOST SUITABLE FOR- Adults and Children
LANGUAGE – Hinglish


K.V.Akshara's Lear Lahari (Ninasana)


11th September 2009:
Rama Rao Kala Mantapa at 111, Habibullah Road @ 7 PM.


The present version of Lear concentrates on the main character of the well known Shakespearean classic and has developed it into an intimate performance. The state of mind of Lear and its development in the play form the focus of the performance. One prominent theme in King Lear is old age, and the way humans try to 'manage' it becomes a binding thread of the plots of the play. The play is a journey into world of contradictions and reversals -- Lear looses his control over his State here to eventually understand of his state of being; and he also becomes wise after he gets mad. The play is also not just about managing old age and its consequences but also about the human desire -- especially of the modern west -- to postpone and avoid old age itself. Similarly the play is also about the contradictions between speech and silence. Speech enables people to express as much as it disables them to do the same. The present production attempts to bring all these contradictions out in theatrical terms.


Parnab Mukherjee's 'ABOUT CALIBAN'

a play by the students of Loyola College, Chennai

Direction and design: Parnab Mukherjee

12th September 2009: Spaces, No.1 Elliots Beach Road @ 7 PM.
14th September 2009: Stella Maris College and Loyola College
15th September 2009: Ethiraj College and WCC College.
Principal Texts: Peter Handke, Edward Kamau Braithwaite, William Shakespeare, Sumathy and a collage of works from Jaffna poets


  Who or what is a Caliban? Is he this cross between a human and an animal or a manifestation of a desire? 

What is that desire? It is the desire of the "other" to be counted. It is the desire of the fringe to be a part of the mainstream policymaking and the so-called mainstream sensitivity. Our play is not just a re-working of a Shakespeare classic peppered with a collage of texts but a text-body curated voyage to find Caliban amongst the dissident maps in India and Sri Lanka.

All over these countries we are identifying "traitors." Traitors like people who legally question the government on the murder of Lasantha Wickeramatunge; like people who question the years of developmental apathy that led to the multiple flashpoints in  Lalgarh, Singur, Nandigram and the fire that rages all along the Bandawan forest; like editors operating in the print-media who are shot dead in the north-east of India on an alarming regularity; like a  marginal voice of a human rights activist arguing about the internment of 280,000 Tamils in relief camps in the north and east of Serendip, like people who question the wrist-cutting barbarity in Kalinganagar, like those who are speaking up against the plundering of the Niyamgiri mountains, like the poets who were waging war against aesthetics of the moral police, like the musicians who operate in claustrophobic set-ups where religion is invoked as a convenience to shoot down any possibility of artistic dissent, like an average Timorese street-fighting against the ghosts of the past...like the survivors of forgotten genocides in Nellie, Malom, Mokokchung.....

The play identifies diverse Calibans waging their own battle in south-east Asia and tries to reclaim the Tempest for him. The play dissects, shreds and slashes open the Shakespearean structure and excavates the sub-text of Caliban from the debris of a Prospero-driven rhetoric.

  In such times, it is his Tempest that would make us understand the difference between the rule of the law and the rule by the law. And maybe we would finally recognise the "other" as a part of the whole and not the whole of the part. 

Using a series of object installations, protest rushes of unedited video footage and a rich mix of physical theatre the play weaves in a series of internal monologues of Calibans trying to unshackle The Tempest. At the end it is the memories of another day that remains. Memories of the body grappling with the distractions of the text. 




September 13, 2009 : Museum Theatre @ 7 PM.

Language: English and gibberish
Duration: 100 minutes without interval
A Cinematograph production

Director: Rajat Kapoor
Performed by: Atul Kumar, Rachel D’Souza, Sujay Saple, Neil Bhoopalam, Gulshan Deviah & Puja Sarup
Lights: Sumit Kohil Sound: Asmit Pathare
Backstage: Tanya Ghaavri

Total people in team- 10


A bunch of clowns are putting up a show of Hamlet- they sometimes misinterpret the text, sometimes find new meanings in it, sometimes try and understand it, very often make a mess of it.

They chose to use some phrases from the play and mixed it with gibberish. They even edited the text, threw out some important scenes, and made a mess of the order of things as if the pages got mixed up. but through this all they were simply looking for the essence of hamlet, and trying to find a context in our own times.

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