A tale of ancient emotions

  • Yukti Sehgal, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Mar 10, 2013 00:07 IST

Up for a dose of intense emotions such as jealousy, love, lust, revenge and romance with a stream of heart-warming music? Watch The Tadpole Repertory and The Wide Aisle Productions showcase their latest drama, The Winter’s Tale, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, this weekend in the city. 

“The uniqueness of the play lies in its duality. There is drama and hilarity. Even the language is dual,” says Anirudh Nair, co-director of the play. The idea behind performing the drama was brewing in his mind for the past two years. “It seemed like a play unlike any other in the canon,” he says.

DramaActing out a Shakespearean drama can be a challenging task. So what does the team have to say? “There are words I did not understand and had to keep asking meanings,” says Mallika Taneja, a theatre artist who has been associated with the repertory for four years. “It is possible to work with Shakespeare’s plays by elaborating and improvising with the material and come up with something unique to your own production,” adds Neel Chaudhuri, the second director of the play.

Unlike other productions of the group, this one will be staged outdoors. “It was to break out of the structure of a proscenium performance,” says Chaudhuri. The drama will be presented by 12 actors from around India. “Without the given combination of actors, designers, directors and production team, we could not have pulled off this act,” concludes Taneja.

Catch it here
What: The Winter’s Tale
When: March 10
Timing: 7pm onwards
Where: Zorba The Buddha
NEAREST METRO STATION: Ghitorni on the Yellow Line

 

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