Saturday, 2 December 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

British Council presents Indian Ensemble Studio’s Exploring Exciting Texts - V

Rehearsed Reading of The Skeleton Woman (English)

Written by Prashant Prakash & Kalki Koechlin
Directed by Akhshay Gandhi
Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm


Synopsis of the play:

The Skeleton Woman is a play which brings together primitiveness and sophistication in a relationship through real & surreal elements in its writings as well as in form. The play looks at a woman's relationship with her husband from the viewpoints of our creative needs and vagaries of daily life. It attempts to discover the inner, hidden reality and intrinsic human nature, especially desires of companionship, ambitions & pursuit for happiness.

A writer attempting to complete his stories, a wife supporting in all capacities and a relationship shadowed by loneliness.

Cast & Credits

Actors: Shweta Desai, Deepak Subramanya
Chreographer: Anand Satheendran
Research/Devising Team: Rahila Mitra, Bhamini Nagaraju
Running Time: 1hr 10 mins
Post reading discussion: 30-45 mins

About Akhshay Gandhi:

Akhshay Gandhi is a Theatre performer, director & writer engaged in collaborations, post-modern works and performance practices. He is alumni of SITI Company, NY and has received training with Indian Ensemble, Adishakti & Theatre professionals in Theatre & with Veena Basavarajaiah in Movement Arts. His work includes devised, experimental, naturalistic, movement-based & children's theatre.

Founder/Artistic Director of Still Space Theatre, he is recipient of Tata Scholar Grant & BITSAA 30u30 award. His recent & upcoming work includes, Kaavad Katha (a folk story telling form), Clearing the Rubble (A radio play interpreted for stage), a performance-research collaboration with Dhurpad musician and a formal theatre piece on Sanskrit play "Kalyana Sougandikam" with a Kathakali performer.

About the Programme:

This is the fifth in a series of 12 Rehearsed Readings curated by Indian Ensemble Studio in an attempt to provide a space for people to engage with dramatic texts - their themes, their content and their form.

The texts are chosen from a compilation of reading lists provided by friends and theatre veterans.  

Audience members who are interested in further exploring the themes of this play can stay on for an informal discussion immediately after the performance.


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