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Fifty shades of drama

entertainment Updated: Aug 24, 2012 00:54 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times
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It is not always that Delhi’s theatre enthusiasts get to witness performances that are bold and provocative to the extent that the entry is just allowed to those who are 18 years and above.

Fifty Shades of Grey, the best-selling erotic novel by author E.L. James, has been given a theatrical twist and will be performed in the city over the weekend.“The book intrigued me, and after reading it, I read it out to Gopal Sharman who has directed this play. He said that he could get it on stage, and hence, we decided to dramatise it. The play has a story, sex, humour, and pretty actors as well,” says Jalabala Vaidya, of Akshara Theatre who has also adapted the book for the stage.

The novel, which is known for its explicit and provocative scenes that include sexual practices of bondage and sadomasochism, had to be directed aesthetically for the stage audience.“We obviously cannot show provocative scenes to the audience and turn them into voyeurs. I will speak out scenes that cannot be shown on stage.

The audience will hear a voice and the stage will be dimly lit in red light, with no actors being present on the stage for such scenes. One such scene depicts the infamous “Red Room of Pain”, and that scene won’t be shown on the stage, but will be spoken out by me,” says Vaidya

Though directing a play with sexual content could prove tricky, the director of the play had no such problem. In fact, the production team took only 6 weeks to get the play together.

“It was not difficult at all to get such a provocative novel on stage, as I have done plays such as these before as well. There is a lot of naughtiness in the play and we have tried to keep the play as close as we could to the novel. The props used in the play have all been made by me, including the handcuffs, chains, and bed,” says Sharman.

Catch it live
What: Theatrical adaptation of the novel, Fifty Shades of Grey
When: August 24, 25, 26
Timing: 6.30pm onwards
Where: Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, next to RML Hospital, Gate Number 5
Call for bookings: 011-23742083 and 011- 23361075
Entry: Free, but contributions are accepted. Audience has to be above 18 years of age
NEAREST METRO STATION: Patel Chowk on the Yellow Line