In a context of rising intolerance and irrationality, German Marxist playwright Bertolt Brecht insisted on establishing a rational, scientific attitude between the story on the stage and its viewers, between fiction and reality.
French director Ariane Mnounchkine, with a long attachment to India, brings her eclectic vision to New York.
Two new Salvadoran theater productions are calling on the public to think about the expansion of violence in El Salvador.
Jashn-e-Qalam, a collective of artists, is attempting to revive interest and readership in Hindustani literature through the art of storytelling.
Privacy is a space for art, for creativity in dignity; a space where every aspect of being – physical, intellectual, emotional and sexual – is liberated.
Ramagupta is mainly known to us via Devichandraguptam. However, this play is lost and only fragments of it appear in later works.
Theatre enthusiasts and the curious turned out in large numbers when Delhi’s radical street theatre group Jana Natya Manch opened its decades-old trunks.
Eunice has been widely acclaimed as a poet, novelist and anthologist of 19th and 20th century Indian writing. She was also a critic, columnist and writer for children.
“Is the heart capable of bleeding, hurting, breaking and bending out of shape for the ones it loves? So is the vagina.”
Director Neelam Man Singh spoke to The Wire about her attempt to translate Sadat Hasan Manto into a performance of free flowing embodied texts in her play ‘Dark Borders’.
Through subtle parallels to our own lives and choices, literature can help us make sense of political upheavals.
In Germany – a country where going to the theatre is a deeply ingrained cultural tradition – the stage is a place to confront pressing political issues.
Plays written during the freedom movement highlight how the theatre community evolved creative stratagems to overcome political intolerance – something we could learn from today.
With spectacular sets and song and dance, the play presents different episodes from Gandhi’s life.
The censored event, Mukhatib, got converted to a space of silent protest, vibrant discussion, songs and poetry.
Traditionally, institutions of higher education have served as fertile ground for discourses critical of the state. Yet, more and more institutions in the country are coming under fire for fostering an ethos of free expression and dissent. As the consequences of being deemed “anti-national” loom large, fear, violence and parochialism do not just endanger our universities– they threaten the cornerstone of our democracy.
The famed producer, formidable actor and founder of Kohinoor Theatre, a leading mobile theatre company of the state, compelled all classes to pay heed to this unique theatre form.
Various groups want a ban on the play for justifying the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
Held inside a forest in Assam’s Goalpara district in mid-December, the annual festival has become an example of a unique format of contemporary theatre in India.
Fo’s grotesque farces and satirical comedies on serious political themes ensured that his audience kept laughing even though he was laying bare the injustices and hypocrisies of the system.
Fo’s theatre dealt with none of the ‘weighty’ questions of the human condition, just the laying bare of the insides of the system of exploitation and oppression, with laugh-till-you-cry satire.
The story is the same, but the cast different and the experience brought up to contemporary standards-but will today’s audiences take to it?
A. Mangai’s book, Acting Up, throws light on the subversive moments in the history of women doing theatre and also brings together Mangai’s many sides – the individual, the scholar and the artist.
The Shakespearean actor is promoting the Bard, but also flying the banner of LGBT rights
Baling, by Five Arts Centre from Malaysia, attempts an original, alternative retelling of the historic Baling Talks, with a focus on Chin Peng, the enigmatic leader of the outlawed Malayan Communist Party.
On the bard’s 400th death anniversary, Edward Wilson-Lee’s debut book explores the remarkable ways in which his works are woven into the merging cultures of East Africa.
Ryszard Kaja (born 1962, Poznan, Poland) is one of his Poland’s leading poster artists and continues a long tradition of poster art in his country. His mixed-media posters – simple and striking, but subtle and always surprising – are on display for the first time in India at […]
Had Dumbledore been written as gay, Granger as black, or Anthony Goldstein as Jewish, she may have diversified her fiction with a legitimate and powerful literary voice.
He became known to global audiences when he played the villain Hans Gruber in ‘Die Hard’ in 1988.
“I had seen the sea, it’s just a few miles away from my house. But I have never been there” said Ihab Talahmeh, a 20 year old from the freedom theater of Jenin in Palastine, as his co-actors admired Diwali rockets go up. The Freedom theatre describes itself […]
As a teenager living in Hyderabad in the mid 1970s, I had briefly befriended a group of Palestinian students studying at Osmania University and living in an apartment in my neighbourhood. I don’t remember their names or much else about them, but I do remember tasting hummus for […]
The Gunpowder Plot occurred against a background of religious persecution, suspected witchcraft, and plague.
Play about a nun who gives birth to a child has been performed all over the world, including in India. But the Catholic Church in India wants a new production banned