Deccan Herald | A hysterical comedy
With two one-act comedies — ‘A Need for Brussel Sprouts’ and ‘A Need for Less Expertize’ — the play worships its original script as the director, Bimal Desai says, “I have not modified the original script as it is very relevant to the Bengaluru audience. They can relate to it in their own lives.”
Bangalore Mirror | Burning Effigies Of Beliefs
The discourse over the validity of our beliefs — religious, political or emotional — has been raged several times. With the play K-Pax, Tahatto theater group is rekindling the debate once again, albeit, with a difference. Based on the novel On a beam of light by Gene Brewer, K-Pax is a sci-fi psychological drama. It explores human acceptance and how rigidly we hold on to our notions — scientific, moral and spiritual — without allowing space to question those very beliefs, through a character who claims to be alien. But no one would know for sure, if that's the truth.
Bangalore Mirror | Wrongful Death Foretold
It was in October 2014 that 26-year-old Rayhaneh Jabbari, an Iranian woman, was executed for trying to defend herself against her alleged rapist, after spending seven years in prison, experiencing third degree torture. Jabbari's account of those years of her life will be recreated on stage by seven different women in a play titled 07/07/07.
Deccan Chronicle | Bicycles power these Shakespeare Wallahs
The Handlebards are among the most unlikely theatre groups one can encounter. Since 2013, the Handlebards have clocked-up over 5000 miles with their cycle-powered brand of theatre, as they travel the world to perform Shakespeare. Their very well-received 2015 tour of Bengaluru has brought the Handlebards back for more, carrying, as they do, everything they need on the food bicycles they have between them. The troupe will perform two shows, over as many weekends in Jagriti theatre, starting this weekend.
Scroll.in | What do antibiotic resistance and a broken marriage have in common? Find out at a Bengaluru theatre
Nayantara Narayanan 19.3K Total views Share Tweet Email Reddit Share Tweet Email Reddit It’s an unusual collaboration. A laboratory and a performance space, both in Bengaluru, and a theatre group in the United Kingdom have come together to produce a play on a subject as dense as resistance to antibiotics. Playwright Gautam Raja, who is currently based in Los Angeles but has been part of Bengaluru’s Jagriti theatre, said his biggest realisation while researching The Vaidya’s Oath was that it isn’t given the importance it should. “In spite of the seriousness of this issue, systemically, there’s no acknowledgement of antibiotic resistance as something that needs to be addressed,” said Raja. “[Anti-microbial resistance] is not a sudden event, and not dramatic in the way of, say, a new viral outbreak.”
The New Indian Express | Jagriti Fest Promises Good Old Drama
A collection of four stories, including one on the Biblical version of creation, The Worker’s Bible is inspired by Italian folklore. It sees Roy Sinai, Anitha Santhanam, Jimmy Xavier and Bhavana Rajendran in the roles of God, Adam, Eve, pigs, dung beetle and more.
Times Of India | A dark and witty play in the offing
The Cockroach Collector is a dark and witty play in English woven around three people of a doomed household; the mother referred to as Ma and her two daughters called Alka and Mano, who is the cockroach collector. On the face of it, this is a story of a seriously dysfunctional family. But it is also essentially the story of a dysfunctional world, where horrendous violence and inhuman acts can exist in the crevices of ordinary life.
Bangalore Mirror | Laughs and Truth Bombs
Love, Bombs & Apples. Seems like an unlikely combination. Seriously - does a couple fall in love over bombs and then eat an apple afterwards? Or is this the story of a fruitarian fart - resulting in an unfortunate stink bomb that repulses your love? Written by Hassan Abdulrazzak, (you might remember him from his first play, the 2007 success, Baghdad Wedding), Love, Bombs and Apples is a production of three 15-minute monologues by men in different situations and locations. This play makes a comment on Muslim prejudice with a healthy dose of humour
The Hindu | The perfect Transition - Parvaaz at Jagriti
It has been a good five to six years since psychedelic/blues rock band Parvaaz propped up their own ladder and started climbing up in their reputation as one of the most formidable, unmissable live performers. Of course, this energy has been somewhat transformed equally well in their recorded releases such as Behosh (2012) and Baran (2014), but now there’s their latest live DVD album, Transitions, which aims to capture the four-member band at their trippiest best. The approximately 90-minute film, captured by Bengaluru filmmaker Gokul Chakravarthy and his team, was born out of Parvaaz’s one night only auditorium show at Jagriti Theatre in July last year.
Times of India | B’lore does a London
Remember the time you missed your favourite play because you had to travel out of town or had an exam or a cold. There could be a million reasons why it’s easy to miss a play in Bangalore, primarily because every show — new or old — only runs for a couple of days. If you’re really lucky, it could run for a week. Unlike, say London where a show has to perform for at least a couple of months to even merit a review. The Lion King, for instance, has been performing non-stop for the last 12 years at Lyceum theatre. You couldn’t have missed it even if you tried !
Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances, with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings, and an attached restaurant- 'The Fat Chef'. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.
The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry.
The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.
Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.