The Economic Times | The HandleBards present Shakespeare on bicycles

The sparsely-set stage is the calm before the storm. After the dimmed lights come on again, a series of rapid movements by four actors create chaos while narrating a familiar Shakespearean story. Bicycle tyres, bells, coat hangers and audience members join as props before the 90 minute joyride comes to an end.

The New Indian Express | Mad Scientist's Topi Goes on a Hilarious Soul-swapping Spree

Written and directed by playwright and retired scientist Mathura Kalauny, the comedy features an inventor as the protagonist. His latest invention – a thinking cap – becomes cause for much confusion, and amusement for viewers.

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.

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.

Bangalore Mirror | Obsessing Over Nothing

Your maid takes off one day, and you moan and groan about the chores to be done. But what if your help was also a nosy, controlling personality who thinks it's his duty to make everything 'wrong' in your life right? He decides everything from where the furniture should be placed to who your soulmate should be. Now, that 'day off' doesn't sound so bad, does it?

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.

Bangalore Mirror | Donigered

Police, which had earlier said they had no problem with the play being staged, forced its cancellation at the last minute citing Lok Sabha polls; Bangalore’s date with the ballot is a good one month away -By Sridhar Vivan & Ayesha Tabassum Taking offence has got takers, especially in the election season.

Bangalore Mirror | Dramaturges of the World Unite

The Dramaturgy Symposium curated by actor and director Kirtana Kumar promises to be the most exciting theatre event this season –By Nirmala Ravindran Though it has existed unofficially for ages, dramaturgy, in all its comprehensive glory, is a pretty recent phenomenon in Indian theatre.

Bangalore Mirror | Just One Voice from Iran

No director. No rehearsals. No sets. The play White Rabbit Red Rabbit opens the Pandora’s box about the world we live in but with a disclaimer –Ayesha Tabassum The biggest nightmare for an actor is when he or she is instructed to get on stage, is given a sealed envelope with a script inside.

The Hindu | Love made visible

Blink, written by Phil Porter, depicts what it means to be in love in a lonely city and in times dominated by social media –Sravasti Datta Blink , written by Phil Porter, and directed by Soho Theatre artistic associate and Nabokov artistic director Joe Murphy, depicts a touching, yet “darkly funny and voyeuristic” love story.


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.