You can watch the play at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore on May 8 and at Ranga Shankara on May 15

You can watch the play at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore on May 8 and at Ranga Shankara on May 15

For most of the final two years, Bengaluru-based actor and playwright Spatica Ramanujam was feeling restricted due to the incapability to mount a new play. This feeling, after all, was near-universal for theatre individuals throughout the world. Some of them, nevertheless, began making and performing in video performs. But Spatica, the creative director of the Mukha Mugam theatre group, was amongst the laggards when it got here to the stage to display screen transition. It took her a whereas. 

“To sit in a rehearsal room with actors, throwing round concepts — that’s what I’m used to. That’s my consolation zone. So, not having the ability to do this felt bizarre,” she says, “I used to be completely at a loss on what to do. So, I simply watched and noticed.”

When the pandemic confirmed no indicators of dissipating, she instructed herself she has to be taught to work with the constraints. She didn’t instantly set out to write one other play. Instead, she joined Mahesh Dattani’s playwriting workshop. Then, she began performing in video performs written by others. She was slowly getting again into the groove. 

“In a manner, the pandemic helped me broaden my consolation zone. So, that was one thing good,” she says.

As the lockdowns steadily eased, Spatica had an concept for a play. She remembered her theatre faculty days in London and Berlin, the place considered one of her lecturers launched a nineteenth century French play, Ubu Roi, which was a parody of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. 

Inspired from this, she created A View From Above, a social satire that appears at the lives and relationships of individuals in energy. “The French play falls underneath the style of social grotesque, the place every part — the performing, costumes, and different issues, is exaggerated. In my adaptation, I’ve tried to maintain it in a practical realm. Having stated that, you’ll nonetheless discover some absurd and surreal parts in the play.”

The one-hour play has already been premiered at Courtyard Koota, a neighborhood artwork area in the metropolis. It can be staged at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore on May 8 and at Ranga Shankara on May 15. Tickets and particulars on bookmyshow.com.

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