Round up 2012 for Theater in Bangalore (in The Hindu)

by SRAVASTI DATTA

  •  A good mixThe year looks promising     

ROUND-UP 2012 saw a wonderful medley of productions, from thrillers to comedy, and from Classics to original plays. This year theatre enthusiasts have a lot more to look forward to, says SRAVASTI DATTA

Theatre in Bangalore was marked by collaborations, innovations, humour and memorable performances in 2012. Established and amateur theatre groups alike raised the bar with every production they staged. World-class productions of William Shakespeare’s plays, such as the Georgian version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rogorts Genebot and Cymbeline , presented by South Sudan, the world’s newest country were staged at Ranga Shankara as part of its 2012 Theatre Festival.

Last year, Jagriti Theatre staged critically acclaimed international and national productions to mark Season Twenty Twelve. Classics such as Ariel Dorfman’s political thriller Death And The Maiden , Franca Rame’s and Dario Fo’s Orgasmo Adulto brilliantly directed by Kirtana Kumar and Athol Fugard’s Valley Song , which saw moving performances by Jagdish Raja and Rebecca Spurgeon, were performed along with an original production The Invisible River, written by Gautam Raja and directed by Vivek Madan. This year will also see plays premiered in Bangalore, a tie-up with Sangam House to present Lekhana, a literary weekend and Season Twenty Thirteen.

It was an interesting year for Bangalore Little Theatre (BLT). They presented two landmark productions — Sai Paranjype’s Rigmarole , in association with the Association for the Mentally Challenged, and Dina Mehta’s Tiger! Tiger! on the invitation of the Centre for Public History, Srishti College of Art, Design and Technology to celebrate the 150th year of Archaeological Survey of India. This year, apart from a children’s production, BLT has planned major productions developed under its History Of Ideas Programme.

Indian Ensemble Theatre, founded by award-winning playwright Abhishek Majumdar, staged riveting original plays such as Sandeep Shikhar’s Treadmill and Irawati Karnik’s Gasha . This year, the 31st and 32nd productions of Treadmill , the official selection at the first Festival of Contemporary Indian Theatre, will be performed this month at Ranga Shankara.

Abhishek Majumdar speaks of the major productions and programmes planned for 2013. “We are travelling a lot with Gasha and Treadmill , and there will be more performances of Gasha in Ranga Shankara. We will most probably be devising a new piece which is about the various kinds of hunger. We will also be devising a Kannada play. It is collaboration between a Kannada and a Brazilian actress and it’s to do with motherhood,” informs Abhishek. The Playwright Centre begun by Indian Ensemble last year has some writing programmes on offer. “We will have rehearsed readings in February of plays written by eight writers that were developed over the last year. A three-month long workshop, from February to April, will be held for new writers and those who want to devise plays and write them. The workshop is free of cost.” Mashaal Theatre, a promising theatre group, staged Chanakya Vyas’s Tales Of Kutty to popular acclaim.

Theatre personality Prashanth Nair is looking forward to the staging of Romeo And Juliet — No Strings Attached , for which he won 2012 Hindu MetroPlus Playwright Award. “Though it won the playwright award last year, I have worked a little more on it. The play involves a lot of movement. For this we are undergoing training in physical theatre and dance. Apart from this major production, we are looking forward to the Short And Sweet Festival that will be held in February,” says Prashanth.

This year Barking Dog Productions, one of the city’s youngest theatre groups, will be expanding their Chamber of Laughter. “This production was a major achievement last year. We have already eight shows booked for this year, but we are aiming for 50 shows. There are collaborations planned as well. We are also looking to premiere a musical. Our goal for this year is to continue to keep Bangalore laughing,” says Vikram Hemanathan, founder Barking Dog Productions.

2013 has begun on a promising note. Sandeep Shikhar’s Treadmill will be staged at Ranga Shankara and Neil Simon’s Chapter 2 will be staged at Jagriti this month.

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One Response to “Round up 2012 for Theater in Bangalore (in The Hindu)”
  1. Thank you for giving info about Bangalore theatres…Here is the list of Theatres in Hyderabad
    Hyderabad Theatres

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