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A Brief History of Your Hair

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 7:30PM
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A meditation on hair, this play finds itself rooted in deeply personal stories about hair on the one hand and fantastical explorations of these stories on another. 

Hair, an external marker of beauty, gender, loaded with mythology is suspended in time, oscillating between the happening and the retelling in each of these stories. 

Made possible by a grant from the India Foundation for the Arts, and The New Voices Arts Project, with space support by LshVa Studio, Koramangala. Initiated as a 15-minute performance at Gender Bender, organised by the Goethe-Institut Bangalore/Max Mueller Bhavan and curated by Sandbox Collective.

Directed by Deepika Arwind
Devised and Performed by: Swetanshu Bora, Diya Naidu, Harshika Amin, Sunitha MR
With Inputs from: Nitant Nair, Swapnashree Bhasi, Anjali Nair
Production Manager: Indumathi Manohar
Lights and Projections: Pritham Kumar
Music: Arjun Chandran
Costumes: Aloka D'souza
Props: Aruna M.


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Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices 4th Floor, Rear Wing, Brahmananda Court #37 Lal Bagh Road Bangalore 560027 Bangalore India 560027
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We all are half done, we all are incomplete. Mohan Rakesh's Aadhe Adhure is what true theatre is. It is pure drama written with a very nuanced and methodical understandings of human psyche. It repeatedly draws often the theme of our expectations and reality. Are we happy with what we have? Can we ever be happy? What is happiness?

In Aadhe Adhure, Mohan Rakesh takes an ordinary family where the family relationships are already crumbling. The wife is the only earning member in a family of 5, the husband has lost all his self-confidence. The elder daughter eloped and married but is still struggling to find happiness, her younger brother has reached of age but yet to find a job and the youngest teenager has coming of age problems coupled with a need to get attention. The wife is tired of taking care of everyone and has her own desires and ambitions.

Rakesh wastes no time in setting up the tension, but he never lets go off it. This is a story where everyone is at fault and yet no-one is. Rakesh unfolds the story brilliantly and his command over his audience is splendid.

TOYO - Theatre on your own, uses minimal props to render the story. At some points, it feels mere a dramatic reading of the play yet the actors render their roles with a gloom that stays with you even after the play gets over. There is also a minimal use of shadow effects yet it adds exponential flavoring.

Aadhe Adhure is a must watch play. You can take your parents to this one and it will be a discussion point for the way back home.

- by Arvind for TOYO(Theatre on your own) organized by Shoonya .

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