From script to stage

From script to stage

Interesting facets

From script to stage

A series of colourful performances will play out on stage, this weekend, as part of the Deccan Herald Theatre Festival. Eclectic themes, an array of characters and interesting scripts will take the City by storm. 

Members of ‘Gnatak’ will perform ‘The Leader/ Krapp’s Last Tape’ on February 27, 7.30 pm, at Chowdiah Memorial Hall. Directed by Michael Joseph, both plays are a satirical take on reality and human activities. The Leader’ is originally written by Eugene Ionesco and revolves around a mass adulation of political leaders. The play revolves around the group of people who are waiting for their leader and calls out the mundane activities. The announcer leads the celebration and awaits the leader. At the same time, certain routine activities take place in the City. Through the use of character typage, the play highlights absurdist and existential teams of non-personalisation and loss of identity. ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’ is originally written by Samuel Beckett. It is about a man called Krapp, who on his 69th birthday, reviews the year gone by recording his reflections on an old spool tape. Unable to bear the present reality, he submerges himself in the past. Through this play, Beckett paints a portrait of impotent desire by capturing the futility of Krapp. It revolves around the juxtaposition between technology and human emotions and how absurd life actually becomes. 

Roy Sinai, Vandana Prabhu and Swetanshu Bora will present director Arundhati Raja’s production, ‘At Home At The Zoo’ on February 27 and 28, 7.30 pm at Jagriti Theatre, Whitefield. Originally written by Edward Albee in 1958, it was first rejected by producers in New York. The play premiered in West Berlin in 1959 and subsequently in an off-Broadway production in 1960. Since then, it has been a perennial favourite with theater companies and has been performed throughout the world. The plot reflects life. 

These reflections are distorted and the plot questions the very idea of happiness. The first act, ‘Homelife’ talks about the character Peter, who has a comfortable job as an editor in a publishing house. He and his wife Ann have a good marriage and the duo are happy until Ann walks away.

In the second act, ‘The Zoo’, Peter decides to go to the park to regain some comfort and meets Jerry, who is full of stories and looking for someone to talk to. 

Tickets are available at the Deccan Herald office, and at the venues.