As an actor, it’s both a physical and a mental challenge,” says Rajesh Gopie, the South African actor who is playing 28 characters in a tragic stage comedy,
Out of Bounds
. Set in South Africa during and after the time of Apartheid, the play is part of the Old World Theater Festival.
Acclaimed in Europe and the US, it tells the story of a young boy growing up in South Africa where he lives with his parents, brothers, sisters, cousins, grandmother, uncles and aunts — all under one roof. All that the boy longs for is a room to himself. “The play is about Indians in South Africa, their identities and the political dilemmas,” he says. It is produced by Feroz Abbas Khan whose contribution to the Theater is being celebrated in this nine-day festival. “I’m really excited about how Delhi will react to
Out of Bounds
. Rajesh Gopie is one of the most acclaimed actors from South Africa and perhaps one of the finest actors you will see in a performance,” says Khan.
Apart from a special screening of his film,
Gandhi, My Father
, Khan is also presenting three of his most popular plays —
Tumhari Amrita, Salesman Ramlal
All the Best
. Delhiites will get to see live performances by actors such as Shabana Azmi, Farooq Sheikh, and Seema Biswas during the festival.
Also part of this festival is Collegiate Theatre, a segment that gives amateur actors and directors from the campus a chance to showcase their talent.
The festival is on from December 5 to 13 at the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road and Epicentre, Gurgaon. For tickets, call 011-43663080