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No Rest in the Kingdom

No Rest in the Kingdom is a devised theatre work that deals with the daily hilariousness and annoyances of being a woman in this country, and almost anywhere. Cats crawl, urban men and women seem baffled with ‘this gender thing’ and a general unsettlement around what we are implicit in presents itself. Everything else is chill scenes, bro.
Written, directed and performed by Deepika Arwind.
Supported by Shoonya – Centre for Art and Somatic Practices.

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Park

Park is a comedy about three men in a park fighting for their individual space. The playful banter escalates into violence as questions of space, territory and ownership become fraught with tension. Everyone seems to want to sit where someone else is already seated, and no one seems to want to give up their ‘seat’. Marking territory is considered an animal trait, and yet, no beast can beat a man at this game. Written by Manav Kaul.

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Queen-Size

Protest performance: Queen-size is a choreographic/theatrical exploration, played out on a charpoy. The duet examines the nuts and bolts – carnal, mechanical and emotional – of a close encounter between two male bodies. In deliberately making this encounter visible, Queen-size poses questions around spectatorship, privacy and dissent. Queen – Size is an artistic response to the infamous Section 377 that criminalizes homosexuality in India. Choreographed by Mandeep Raikhy.

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How Cow Now Cow

Rosamma the cow has turned into a pain. She seems irritated at everyone and everything and boy, does she scold! Nothing can please her and no one can do anything right. She rants and raves and creates hell for everyone else, so much so that it would be fair to say that things are far from ideal on the beautiful farm. Set in a wonderful world that stretches far beyond a typical farm, the play, with its non-judgmental tone and openness allows children to interpret the performance in several ways. Directed by Vinod Ravindran.

How Cow Now Cow : The Hindu : 9 June 2016
How Cow Now Cow : The Times of India : 5 April 2016

Performance of the play

C Sharp C Blunt

Meet Shilpa, an attractive, interactive and user-friendly mobile phone app that was projected to be the most popular app of 2013. Created using the latest technology, Shilpa would sing for you – in
the flesh. She would sing the songs you want to hear with her sugary and husky voice, and shake her hips when you want her to as she dances to your favourite tune. Best of all, she behaves exactly the way women are supposed to behave in the eyes of men; that is, until the next update is released. Text Collaborators: Swar Thounoujam and Irawati Karnik. Directed by Sophia Stepf.

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Nidravathwam

Kumbakarna and Lakshmana, brothers each to the two protagonists of the Ramayana, are connected by boons that dramatically alter their cycles of sleep and wakefulness. In the course of time both boons seem to acquire the dimensions of a curse, as they each have an uncomfortable outcome. Written, directed, and performed by Nimmy Raphael.

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Ganapati

Performed by Adishakti, the play is structured around the rhythm of music instruments, especially the Mizhavu and tells the story through the recurring motifs of creation, celebration, destruction and return which resonates in the birth story of Ganapati. Directed by Veenapani Chawla.

Ganapati : The Times of India : 5 March 2016

Ganapati : The Hindu : 24 February 2016