Posts Tagged ‘plays’

Gumma Bande Gumma Kicks off the Ranga Shankara Summer Express

Ranga Shankara’s Summer Express (for children) programme opens on Monday, April 6th, 2009. Under the umbrella of AHA!, Ranga Shankara’s sustained Theatre for Children programme supported by Britannia Industries Ltd., this years Summer Express will reach 920 children across six locations in the city. Limited seats are still available for the summer workshops.

“Gumma Banda Gumma”, Ranga Shankara’s flagship play under AHA!, will kick off this years Summer Express on April 5th at Ranga Shankara. There will be two shows of the play on the same day, at 3.30 PM and 7.30 PM. “Gumma Banda Gumma” has done more than 50 shows so far and is a favourite among children and adults. Close to 20,000 children and parents have watched Gumma Banda Gumma not just at Ranga Shankara but at Seva Sadan, Malleswaram, Udupi and Bellary.

“Gumma Banda Gumma”, is directed by Vibhawari Deshpande with Padmavati Rao as assistant director. It is an adaptation of the original German play, Max Und Milli. [Max and Milli]. It is a five character play performed in the tradition of GRIPS Theatre.

The play focuses on the ability of a child to communicate and bond with another regardless of all the barriers adults create. It is about unconditional friendship, sibling love and rivalry, parent child relationships and how all of these can be quite full of fun and happiness. The play is for children 5 years and above.

Ranga Shankara can be contacted at 26493982.

— Ranga Shankara
36/2, 8th Cross
J P Nagar, II Phase
Bangalore – 560 078
P: 080-26493982 / 26592777

"Lilies" and "The Stronger" at Ranga Shankara

Yesterday and today, theatregoers at Ranga Shankara are fortunate to see two excellent plays– one, an amalgam of three playlets, Fawn Lilies, Water Lilies, and Black Lilies, written and directed by Gowri Ramnarayan, and staged by JustUs Repertory, and late in the evening, at 9.30pm, a very short play by August Strindberg, which was acted as a monologue by Claire Denieul (There, Aru, I think I have the spelling right!)

The 3-play series (for want of a better word) strings together three very different incidents, happening in the US; first, two people meeting in a park in Columbus, Ohio; second, two people meeting in an exhibition of Monet, at Houston,Texas; and the third, two people meeting in an airport lounge in Dulles airport in Washington.

In the first of the triptych, a dietician from Vijayawada has just been passed over by her boyfriend, who prefers war to love. She comes to the park to do some birdwatching, and gets talking to an unusual and interesting vagabond, who, in his own words, “lived in a tree for six months or so” when he was “down to his last quarter” and found himself espousing green causes.

In the second, an investment banker who is scornful of Monet’s paintings is intrigued by a Sri Lankan woman’s fascination with the painter, and they segue through a conversation about topics which start with art and meander afar.

The third piece has a young school teacher from Tamil Nadu on her first trip abroad for a conference, getting into a conversation with Hungarian novelist who isa Nobel laureate ..and showing him perspectives that he has not thought of before.


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