Coddle

Some pieces are shaped by the way audiences perceive them. When Lauren, Hardik and Dipika first performed their improvised piece, Coddle, it was more to do with the physical interaction between bodies, as derived from exercises introduced by Victor, with a subtle queer angle thrown in. The scene begins with a playful interaction between Hardik…

Bubble Gham

Bubble-Gham is a piece improvised by actors Lauren and Pratik. The gateway to unfulfilled desires, and to the ‘other self’ known only to us, is its central theme. When Pratik realizes that he can create his own ‘thought blurb’ independent of his surroundings, he ‘blows’ a bubble in which Lauren, who embodies his hopes and…

Reading the Open Script

The production’s resident playwright, Vikram, has put together an open script for the project, and is clear that he wants the context of the scenes to be shaped by actors’ interpretations. The first page read out “Characters: Everyone, Settings: Anywhere.” Each member of the company (not just the actors) sat in a circle to read…

Mard ko Dard Nahin Hota

  In one of many improvisation exercises, Hardik, Pratik and Akshay teamed up to create a piece called Mard ko Dard Nahin Hota. It opened with men in masks exhibiting the violence typical of toxic masculinity, while conjuring up an image of prisoners in agony, even if we only heard the sounds of martial whipping…

Daily Checks-in with Jeff

“How is your body and mind feeling right now?” At the end of a long day of physical and mental exertion, Jeff makes sure to ask this question to each member of the team. His reason for this is simple — the company should feel free in expressing their concerns and be aware that they…

It’s Cold in Here

The body as a tool can be used in as yet unknown ways by actors. Victor, the production’s director is giving them insight into using their bodies and natural impulses to create. He ensures that the actors are ‘aware and present’ and ‘in the moment’, and open to exploring themselves in diverse ways. The rigorous…

The Alchemy of Astonishment

By imparting knowledge of his innovative theatre practices, polishing devising skills and approaches to shaping a unique artistic vision, Will Weigler has enriched theatre practitioners with his techniques, as detailed in his doctoral dissertation, and now published work, The Alchemy of Astonishment. The book, which comes with a set of teaching cards, is a compilation…

The First Look

Not knowing what the course of the play is going to be, yet still shaping the face of it. The actors improvised to give meaning to the canvas. The photo shoot for the first look of the production was conducted by photographer Punit Reddy.

The Team is Complete!

With the arrival of Victor, Jeff and Will in Mumbai, the team is now complete! The last time all of them were in the same frame was on Google Zoom, during the last of our many transcontinental video conferences.

The Colaba Queer Heritage Walk

On February 3, our playwright Vikram took the team to explore locations with queer significance in Colaba, beginning at the iconic Regal Cinema and ending where the gay-friendly pub Voodoo once thrived. Details of some of these sites can be found in Vikram’s article.