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Duration: 60 minutes | English and Hindi | Suited for: 16+
For this Girl of 25, life with Herself is continually turbulent. This morning is particularly overwhelming; She is assaulted by self-doubt, unemployment, too much social media, and her mother. Still, She must brave the mundanity and frivolousness of urban girlhood, all the while looking for someone to blame. This is the story of an ordinary day in Her life.
Is it frivolous to be active on social media? Is it silly to dress up and take pictures of yourself? Is it cringe to relate more strongly to memes than literature? Is it a privilege to not want to work or have a career? Is it shameful to talk back to your parents? Is it slutty to desire? Is it un-feminist to not help your mother around the house? Is it lazy to wake up late everyday? Is it desperation when you want to be invited to a party? Is it a mental illness when you just don’t like yourself? And is it absolutely crazy to have so many thoughts all the time, all at once? Or is it just everyday life for countless young women?
This is a play for and by young wayward women, inquisitive and conscious of their privilege in society, people addicted to their phones, and anyone who finds themselves caught between the slippery planes of the online portal between their own reality and the world beyond.
We take frivolity seriously.
Writer & Director: Mallika Shah
Executive Producer/Movement Director: Meghana AT
Light Designer: Adi Shastri
Visual Designer: Malvika Dwivedi
Sound Designer: Manish Khushalani
tafreehwale is a young theatre company, based in Mumbai. Our core philosophy is to create and support playful, political, original work. In addition to producing plays, we engage in theatre training for learners of all ages. Read more about them here.
I Killed my Mother / It Wasn’t my Fault was originally created under the mentorship of KathaSiyah, a feminist theatre collective from Bangalore.
Mallika is a theatre practitioner based in Mumbai. She has a B.A. in English Literature from SUNY Geneseo (New York), and theatre training from the Drama School Mumbai. Mallika’s work spans different facets of theatre-making with companies like tafreehwale, Bhasha Centre, KathaSiyah, Patchworks Ensemble, and Stone Paper Stories. She is the writer and director of I Killed my Mother / It Wasn’t my Fault — a coming-of-age story that explores the
frivolity of urban girlhood.
Meghana AT is a theatre artist who works as an actor, writer, director, production manager, and pedagogue. She has worked in Mumbai’s theatre circuit since 2012. She has a Master’s in Authorial Creativity and Pedagogy from The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. As the founder of tafreehwale, she aims to build a space for playfulness, research, pedagogy, and activism.
Adi Shastri is a filmmaker and light designer from Mumbai, who has been working in theatre since 2013. In this time he has worked with several artists including Manish Choudhary, Shruti Mishra, Sujay Saple, Mandakini Goswami, Aditi Bhagwat, among others. He has also been a crew member at Thespo (a youth theatre festival) for 6 years. He has a BA in Film and Television from Mumbai University, and is currently interested in making films and creating innovative and modern plays.
Shreya discovered her love for theatre at an early age. However, it was during the lockdown that she realized her true calling. Enrolling in the PG Diploma Course in Acting and Theatre-Making at The Drama School, Mumbai (DSM), she honed her skills and since then, she has been actively collaborating with various theatre groups, fueling her journey as a passionate performer.
Astha Gulati is an actor, a theatre-practitioner and freelance copywriter. She likes to dabble in anything creative and create something out of nothing. She got her formal training in theatre-making from the Drama School Mumbai and since then she has worked as an actor, production associate and assistant director on multiple plays. Along with this, she has also done a few ads and tv series.
Meghna Manglani is a trained actor from Drama School Mumbai. She is also a movement enthusiast and finds meaning in the act of creation. She believes that art holds the potential to initiate important conversations and aspires to do the same through her body of work. She wishes to explore herself and the world around her through the medium of art and develop her career in theatre and screen.
A life skills-mental health-reproductive health-sexuality educator, playback theatre practitioner, counselor, social worker & theatre maker who is currently pursuing full time acting, a vegan lifestyle, any chance to jump in waters to swim and frolic, catch sunrises and picnics; and a whole lot of restorative justice practices wherever possible.
Mithil Raj Goswami
Mithil is a Mumbai based theatre actor and has practiced in Guwahati, Mumbai and Udupi. He has training in Acting and theatre making from Drama School Mumbai and has a brief training in Yakshagana from Yakshagana Kendra, Udupi.