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Bangalore International Centre collaborates with the Drama Library to enliven our library calendar with the second edition of their multi-city play reading series, carefully curated and read simultaneously in two or more cities.

A play truly comes to life when it is read and heard, out loud. To this end, The Drama Library returned to Arghya Lahiri and Phalguni Vittal Rao to curate a second volume of scripts we want to hear and playwrights whose work we want to engage with more.

This week we hear, here

Keffiyeh/Made In China by Dalia Taha
Synopsis
Palestinian playwright Dalia Taha’s utterly distinct slices of Palestinian life are at times unsettling, heartbreaking, and humorous – as parents, lovers, sisters and friends cope with a decades-long occupation. These exquisite short plays explore how the most intimate of relationships are infiltrated by colonisation and displacement.
Directed by Nisha Abdulla
Featuring
Maahir Mohiuddin
Nisha Abdulla
Sathwik NN
Suneel HR
Ujwala Rao
Curators’ Note
What happens when two particles collide?
In one realm, they either bounce off each other, stick to each other or break apart into two particles. In another realm, in 2024, we find ourselves living in a world where multiple forces are trying to displace each other, resulting in an environment that feels unstable, sometimes hopeless. Collisions everywhere – of populations, ideologies, politics, and identities. The selection of plays in Hear, Here! (Vol. 2) brings together a selection of plays that reflects this. Based in part on suggestions we received from our audiences during Vol. 1, and in part a recognition of the moment we’re living through, the lineup is a snapshot of responses to seething chaos.

Vol. 2 comprises of Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq – which investigates the political mood of disillusionment under the Delhi sultan Mohammed bin Tughlaq’s rule; Keffiyeh/Made in China by Dalia Taha – which underscores life under occupation in Palestine and western attitudes to the conflict; Scorched by Wadji Mouawad – a fiery tale of a mother who sends her two children on a quest to unravel their identity, from beyond the grave; and Lucy Kirkwood’s Mosquitoes – a spellbinding account of two sparring sisters set in the world of particle physics.

The (mildly) rehearsed readings will take place at Harkat Studios in Mumbai on alternate Mondays starting Jan 22.

And as another nod to mildness, this time in expansion, we find a home at the Bangalore International Centre in Bengaluru, for two of the plays.
The readings are free and open to all. Though if you work in the theatre, they’re especially for you.

The scripts will be available to read through January and March 2024 on www.thedramalibrary.com

– Arghya and Phalguni

 

Artistes

Dalia Taha

Playwright

Arghya Lahiri

Curator

Phalguni Vittal Rao

Curator

Nisha Abdulla

Director

Maahir Mohiuddin

Actor

Sathwik NN

Actor

Suneel R

Actor

Ujwala Rao

Actor