Bangalore Little Theatre presents its next production Six Dead Queens and an Inflatable Henry (SDQ). Originally produced by Foursight Theatre Group, United Kingdom This popular play has been produced worldwide by various theatre groups. This play will be premiering in India. The all-women’s production is a small endeavour towards highlighting women’s capabilities through a production where women are involved in the creation process right from its start to finish.
SDQ weaves together history and comedy in this tale of three Catherines, two Annes and one Jane – the ill-fated wives of Henry VIII. Betrayed, beheaded, barren, bemused, broken and bored, this royal gaggle is trapped in eternity and forced to share one husband and one bed upon which they sing, dance and fight to assert themselves as the one true queen. The play is one part cabaret, one part biography and a whole lot of comedy.
The queens shine a comedic light on the dark reign of Henry VIII, forcing the limitations of their historical archetypes to the breaking point. As each accepts the challenge of being her true self, enemies are transformed into comrades, and the women behind the titles band together to raise a raucous royal coup against their fat, flaccid, inflatable spouse.
Actors: Ruchi Tandon, Ujani Ghosh, Sneha Sridhar, Shraddha Raj, Bhagyashree Kakoti, Sanchitha Poonacha.
Director: Shatarupa Bhattacharyya
Production Manager: Archana Kariappa
Communication and PR : Poornima Kannan
Costume Designer: Rakshitha
Music Composer: Ketaki Herlekar
Production Management: Lakshmi, Mithila, Shilka, Vaishnavi, Sneha
Photography: Aparna Nori
Six Dead Queens and an Inflatable Henry is the first all-women production of Bangalore Little Theatre. In keeping with our socially conscious character and commitment to an enlightened agenda, this production is our small way of highlighting/showcasing women in theatre. To that end, we chose a comedy which was not only written by women and required only women in its cast, but also promoted a feminist point of view without being preachy about it. Through the production, we hope to encourage the dynamic women of the city aspiring to explore their creative side to come forward and contribute to the ever-growing culture of theatre here.
About Bangalore Little Theatre Foundation (BLT):
Bangalore Little Theatre Foundation is a Bangalore Institution that has grown with namma Bengaluru over the last 59 years! One of the oldest amateur theatre groups in the country, BLT prides itself in being contemporary and relevant to the times. It has successfully reinvented itself periodically without losing its character by ensuring a membership centric culture and not dependent on a single founder. In addition to doing plays, it invests in outreach and developmental activity through schools, colleges and the general public. It is a registered Public Charitable Trust with non-profit status and Income Tax Exemption. Following from that, artists participate in the performances in a voluntary capacity, with no personal remuneration, except reimbursement of production-related expenses.
BLT is a very gender neutral organisation, women have always been part of important roles in the organisation. From being Presidents and Secretary of the committee, writing plays, directing plays, managing productions to training trainers, women are everywhere. Not to forget that plays highlighting women are also regularly produced.