Saturday, 6 January 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

British Council in association with the Indian Ensemble presents

Exploring exciting texts - VI

A quarterly rehearsed reading series by Indian Ensemble Studio


In this unusual Marathi play, the playwright weaves a complex narrative with just four characters Begum Barve, a small-time female impersonator who has spent his life playing bit roles in the professional Marathi theatre of the early twentieth century, his exploitative employer Shyamrao, and two clerks, Jawdekar and Bawdekar. Trapped between sensuous longings and the sordid reality of their humdrum existence, they seek redemption in make-believe. Layers of space and time interweave and overlap in this powerfully haunting play as dreams take shape only to turn into nightmares.

Begum Barve in the original Marathi was directed by the playwright himself; it has also been performed in Hindi and Gujarati adaptations.

Written by Satish Alekar

English Translation by Shanta Gokhale

Actors Reading: Sanjeev Gadre, Ratneshwar Banerjee & Aniruddh Mahesh

Reading Directed by Chanakya Vyas

Age Group: Event appropriate for 10 years and above

Entry is Free

About the Writer:

Satish Alekar is Professor and Head, Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune University, and Vice-Chairman, National School of Drama, New Delhi. Shanta Gokhale, the translator is also a critic, playwright and author of Playwright at the Centre: Marathi Drama from 1843 to the Present (Seagull Books, Calcutta, 2000)

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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