With summer holidays having begun, young theatre buffs have lots to look forward to this season. Prithvi Theatre recently kickstarted Junoon, a theatre workshop for kids. And the latest offering is an Indo-German play, The Boy With A Suitcase, which opens in the city next week.
Co-produced by Ranga Shankara and Schnawwl Theater Mannheim, under the Wanderlust project of the German government, the play was first staged in India (in Bangalore) and Germany in 2011. Director Andrea Gronemeyer says, “The play tells the story of little Naz who has to leave home during the war. He is gifted with a great temperament and sense of humour, and most importantly, he is armed with the stories of Sindbad the Sailor that his mother has told him. He uses all these to get to London after an arduous journey.”
A wholly collaborative project, the cast and the crew of the play comprise people from both India and Germany. “We rehearsed for a whole month in Bangalore and one month in Germany, before opening it there. We did 15 shows in Germany and 15 in Ranga Shankara, Bangalore, which is one of the most wonderful theatres I have been in the world”
Ask her about her expectation from the show’s premiere in Mumbai and she says, “I hope to see a repeat of the overflowing houses like we had in Ranga Shankara last year. This play is not Indian or German — it is universal — and we have managed to keep that tone in everything — from the cast and crew, to the music, costumes and so on.”
Catch the play on Friday, April 27 at 7 pm at NCPA Experimental Theatre, Nariman Point. On Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at 4 pm and 7 pm at Prithvi Theatre, Juhu,
Tickets available on bookmyshow.com