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Women…..want to act in a children’s play?

Feel like performing?

rafiki is seeking women actors for a programme titled What do you Say to a Dragon. The programme for children will roll out in July and run till September.Prior acting experience is not a criteria.

Workshop-audition

Ashirvad

Off St. Mark’s road

Saturday 12th March, 2011

10am to 1pm

Call Ravindra on 9986371543 for further details

“Bhagwaan Dhoondo” by Yours Truly Theatre

I have been following the fortunes of Yours Truly Theatre (YTT)for a while now, in keeping with my interest in the young theatre groups of this city. Yours Truly has been a pioneer, in Bangalore, in staging Interactive Theatre, where the audience takes on an interactive role in the staging of the play, rather than be passive spectators to a preconceived ending. Now they have several other initiatives, too, such as plays for children, students, and for underprivileged people,

I’ve watched their last play, “Common Man”, but had missed the earlier shows of “Bhagwan Dhoondo”, and so decided that I’d go and see the fourth show, at ADA Ranga Mandira, on the 29th August, 2010.

“Bhagwan Dhoondo” has a loosely structured first half, that introduces characters that are not fully clarified, except in the state of their existence in the city, and in the second half, the compere, Ranji David, takes responses from the audiences and picks one of these characters. Based on the inputs from the audience, the denouement is staged by the cast,.consisting of Abhijit Madhawaraj, Chetan Nataraj, Nandini Rao, Ramya M, Ranji David, Shalini Goel, Sumit Acharya, Sudarshan Ranganath, and Vishal Bhandary.

One thing that struck me immediately was that the visual idiom of YTT has progressed a lot since I last witnessed one of their performances. They had always used colourful props like scarves and umbrellas, but in the present production, several props and red-motifed costumes were in evidence, and abstract concepts such as individuals joining the herd mentality of wanting “more” were expressed tellingly with the aid of one huge covering into which the actors disappeared. Cloth props were also used to great effect; a shroud-like covering was used to highlight characters, and make a statue in the park! I must congratulate Kuheli Mukherjee on her innovativeness with costume design.

The light design by Ranji David, and the light execution by Deepak Trivedi, were both impressive. Situations and characters were highlighted, and the use of smoke on stage truly made a palpable stage aid of the light.

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“Elling” by Dramanon at Ranga Shankara

Dramanon is a young Bangalore-based theatre group whose fortunes I have been following for a fair length of time now, and I have been impressed with their commitment to English theatre, given the obstructions that an amateur group has always to face: affordability of theatre space, funding obstacles, and rehearsal difficulties with day jobs to take care of. They like to choose plays, that, in their own words, “have spunk”, and this time, the play in question was Elling, Simon Bent’s adaptation of a cult Norwegian film, which in turn was based on a novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen.

elling poster 060810

Elling tells the story of two of society’s outsiders who, having been released from a mental institution, have to work out how to adjust to living independently. The title character is a prissy self-declared mummy’s boy, petrified of the world outside; a man fond of hiding in wardrobes when things get too much for him. He dresses oddly, hasa methodical way of speaking and moving, and carries a note book around at all times into which he jots down stories and observations.

His roommate at the institution, and the man he is to share a flat with, is almost his complete opposite. Kjell Bjarne, is a lanky, hairy chap, not fond of washing and preoccupied with sex and women. Yet despite their differences, despite Elling repeatedly referring to Bjarne as an orang-utan, the two men have a real and touching friendship, they depend on one another. The bond that forms between them is touchingly highlighted in the scene where they exchange Christmas presents.

Having been given a place in Oslo to live by the state, they are assigned to a social worker, and warned that if they can’t get on in the outside world they will be sent back to the institution. Perhaps predicatbly, life on the outside proves difficult, and though their initial impulse is to hide away in their flat, with the help of a heavily pregnant woman and an aging poet, they gradually start to reengage with the world.

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“Elling” by Dramanon at Ranga Shankara

Dramanon presents “Elling” at Ranga Shankara

on Aug 6th Fri (7:30 PM) & Aug 7th Sat (3:30 PM & 7:30 PM)

About the Play : Mommy’s boy Elling and his roommate, the uncouth Kjell Bjarne, are the Odd Couple of Oslo; a pair of confused souls taking their first steps in the outside world after years of isolated, institutional life. Given a flat in the city by the social services department, they must re-assimilate themselves into society or face a return to the asylum. So its simply a question of convincing their social worker that they are really normal – even if it does feel safer sleeping in the wardrobe. Based on the cult Norwegian novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen and Oscar nominated film, Elling is a delightful heart-warming comedy.

More info on – www.dramanon.webs.com

For tickets call 9900088432 or log on to www.indianstage.in or www.bookmyshow.com

Tickets also available at Ranga Shankara. Rs.150/-

“Miss Meena” to be staged at Ranga Shankara from July 28 to August 1

erch, a Chennai-based theatre collective, in association with Rafiki of Bangalore, will be premiering their new play, Ms Meena, inspired by Durrenmatt’s The Visit. The play will be staged at Rangashankara from July 28 – August 1.

here

is the wiki entry about the original play.

For bookings, contact

Ranga Shankara
36/2, 8th Cross
J P Nagar, II Phase
Bangalore – 560 078
P: 080-26493982 / 26592777
E: rstheatre@gmail.com
W: www.rangashankara.org

“Miss Meena” to be Staged at Ranga Shankara

Perch, a Chennai-based theatre collective, in association with Rafiki of Bangalore, will be premiering their new play, Ms Meena, inspired by Durrenmatt’s The Visit. The play will be staged at Rangashankara from July 28 – August 1.

here

is the wiki entry about the play which inspired “Ms.Meena”

For bookings, contact

Ranga Shankara
36/2, 8th Cross
J P Nagar, II Phase
Bangalore – 560 078
P: 080-26493982 / 26592777
E: rstheatre@gmail.com
W: www.rangashankara.org

Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days” at Ranga Shankara: Play Review

n the well-designed brochure that Ligra distributed at the staging of Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days”, at Ranga Shankara on the 12th and 13th of December, was a line by Chandran Sankaran, written to the husband of the actor who plays the lead, Winnie (Patty Gallagher) …and it says, “I finally understood a Beckett play!”

That’s an important line to keep in mind as we approach one of Samuel Beckett’s lesser known plays ( the better known ones, of course are “Waiting for Godot” and “The End Game”.)

Samuel Beckett won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1969, and it’s amazing to think that this play, on the 8th of October, completed 50 years of existence! For that kind of history, it’s pretty timeless.

It’s also, in a sense, spaceless. It deals with a woman who is buried, first up to her waist, and in the second act, up to her neck, in sand, while her husband, Willie(surely a very unrewarding role for any actor..his entire dialogue in the second act was one monosyllabic word-grunt!)fumbles around her and goes into his cave or hole occasionally.

Beckett is not interested in the cause of this situation, but he draws the character of Winnie, with her unfailing optimism that each will be, once again, a “happy day”.

You can read about the play in the Wiki,

here

Patty Gallagher has been playing Winnie and Joe McGrath the part of Willie (surely a very unrewarding role for any actor when the entire dialogue in the second act consists of a monosyllabic grunt!), but when Chandran Sankaran saw the play, he and

Rogue Theatre, Tuscon, Arizona

decided to bring it to Bangalore. So

Ligra

had a growing group of volunteers who decided that Ranga Shankara would be the venue.

Patty Gallagher has made an excellent choice in this role and play. It is a very demanding role, where no body movements can be made, and in the second half, the face alone must convey the dramatic action and hold the audience. And with that mobile, incredibly expressive face, that runs the gamut of emotions, Patty carried the play through with remarkable aplomb. The brochure says that they were looking for a local actor to play Willie, and to my mind this would have been adequate, but it was Joe Mc Grath who did play the role.

It was a treat, too, to watch the very subtle direction of the play. Patty’s husband Stewart told me before the start, that even her small eye movements are scripted; I must say that was a very tough job superbly done.

The lighting and the “off” effects were also well-timed and impeccably executed.

And so…we come to the “But”.

Well…part of the “but” has nothing to do with Rogue Theater or Ligra…it is just that of late, I seem to be watching nothing but monologues at Ranga Shankara…”Bikhre Bimb”, “Flowers”….and I found it a little palling to have yet another play where a single actor has to carry the entire play.

Also, I am beginning to thirst, in a bourgeoisie way, for plays with a properstoryline and action…and a play about a woman stuck in the mud, with a few articles of daily use, is neither easy to understand nor digest.

It’s all very well to be part of a “discerning” theatre audience, but I don’t want, always, to be stretching my mind at an evening of theatre, and probably because of the plays I have been watching, found this one to be difficult.

However, I did enjoy the play much more than I would have thought possible, and for this, I thank Ligra, Rogue Theatre, and Patty Gallagher!

The play is recommended if you are into serious theatre; if you are just out for an evening’s entertainment, it’s still watchable, given a suspension of disbelief about a woman existing between sleep and waking periods, buried in sand.

YoursTruly Theatre presents Interactive Theatre for Children

On the occasion of Children’s day, Nov 14 -2009
Yours Truly Theatre Presents

SIGNS
a series of 5 short plays in complete the story style
a Yt’angle initiative( Yours Truly angle for children)
officially launching with this show.

SHOW DETAILS
Name of Play: Signs
Duration: 2 hours
Start Time: 10:00 am
Date: November 14, 2009
Venue: ADA Ranga Mandira, JC Road, Bangalore

Ticket – Rs 50/-
To book tickets call 9845853093/9845243051

Make this children’s day a special one for your child.
Inviting children above 7 years, along with parents/relatives.

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Dramanon Stages “Sic” once again at Alliance Francaise

DRAMANON presents “SIC” : An English Play at Alliance Francaise on October 24th 2009.

Show Details : October 24th , Saturday (4:30 PM & 7:30 PM)
Contact No’s : 9880036611 & 9845017975
Online Booking: www.indianstage.in

About the Play :

[sic] takes place primarily in the doorways and shared hallway of three neighbouring apartments. Meet Theo, the desperate & edgy
amusement park ride theme music composer, the struggling and ever-broke writer Babette, and Frank, the queer, happy-go-lucky
aspiring auctioneer. See them humorously trudge through the haunting morass of everyday drudgery and the biting emptiness of big city life. Watch, as the three of them come together to discuss, flirt, argue, share their dreams and plan their futures with unequal degrees of deep hopefulness and abject despair. [sic], chosen as one of the Best American Plays of 2002, is a neurotic, bittersweet comedy about the “quarter-life crisis”, and unfolds as three lives collide in one common corridor.

Theatre Appreciation Workshop at Ranga Shankara

The Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival 2009 will include the third edition of its very successful Theatre and Arts Appreciation Course, designed on the lines of the well-known Culture Course at Neenasam, Heggodu.

The Course, launched at the Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival 2007, provides a unique opportunity to learn the essence of art appreciation by developing new ways “seeing and listening”.

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