BURN MY DIARIES A solo performance concerning mental health and well-being.
A Still Space Theatre Production
Writer & Performer: Shweta Desai Director: Akhshay Gandhi Media & Art: Rohit Bhasi Photos & Video: Krishna Chaitanya Language: English Running time: 1 hour 10mins Suitable for 10 years and above
A note on play: This is a story of a woman attempting to defy her condition, her limitations to experience the world as one person. And how she discovers ways to coexist with her many selves. When the line between real & imaginary blurs, when time fluidly rushes in different directions, when memory & experience merges, what is revealed is our mind's inner workings. This is psychological exposition concerning mental health & wellbeing.
By experiencing her resolutions, her imagined reality, her arguments, her battles and her relationship with past & present, we begin to accept ourselves as we are; humanizing the discussion around body-mind wellness.
About Still Space Theatre:
Still Space Theatre is a multi-disciplinary ensemble of artistes, technicians and performers,creating a rich tapestry of talent, skills and experience that continuously enables us to create more engaging work, across platforms & audiences and developing training to continual practice. Our enduring vision for engaging with the arts is about bringing artists together to share and contribute to our core principles of Practice, Create, and Exchange, with a focus on interdisciplinary collaborations.
Director's note: Imagination being one of the most fascinating human capacity, its relationship with reality is a mystery. Along with other mind's capacity it compose the reality we perceive. The composition of the performance instigates performer as well as audience to explore the divisions of mind and allow them to navigate through them with imagination. The elements of form & structure are based on some of the psychological understanding of our mind rather conventional theatrical elements & narrative structures.
About Collaborators Shweta Desai, is an alumni of Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares Institute, Mumbai. She has acted in plays and films for the past 7 years, having worked with troupes like Indian Ensemble, Rangashankara’s AHA, Vati Kuteera, VASP and SFS and in films like Harivu, Ringmaster and Kya Yaron.
Akhshay Gandhi: Akhshay Gandhi is a Theatre performer, director & writer engaged in creating theatre and performance practices. Founder & Artistic Director of Still Space Theatre, Bangalore. He is an alumnus of Odin Teatret, Denmark, SITI Company, New York and has received training with Indian Ensemble, Adishakti & Theatre professionals in Theatre & with Veena Basavarajaiah in Movement Arts. Recipient of Tata Scholar Grant, BITSAA 30u30 award & speaker at TEDx & Economic Times Summit. His work includes scripted, devised, experimental, inter-disciplinary, traditional performances. His recent work includes, In Place of.., Burn My Diaries, Clearing the Rubble & Kaavad Katha.