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Memories, live and quirky

Director Atul Kumar’s The Blue Mug promises to be entertaining.

art and culture Updated: Jul 22, 2011 01:24 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times

Those of you who missed the popular play,

The Blue Mug

, last year, can now catch it in Delhi and Gurgaon this month. Loosely based on the book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks, the play deals with the role of memories in shaping an individual’s personality.

Directed by Atul Kumar, the play has no written script, with four of the actors enacting their real life memories. “We make an impression of things around us, remembering some and forgetting others. A person is the sum total of his memories,” says Kumar. “Our internal narrative is more about forgetting. But each experience, whether we choose to remember or forget it, does shape our personality,” he explains.

Originally premiered about eight years ago by The Company Theatre, the play today has an enviable cast including actors Ranvir Shorey, Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Sheeba Chadha, Shipra Singh and Munish Bhardwaj. “

The Blue Mug

was my first professional piece in theatre when it premiered eight years ago. It was discontinued later, but was always special to me. So, I agreed to be a part of it again,” says Shorey, who plays the character of Joginder Chadha, a middle-aged man who has certain neurological problems.

One person Shorey will definitely be missing this time is his character’s doctor, essayed by his wife Konkona Sen earlier. Sen could not be a part of the play this time, so Shipra Singh has stepped into her shoes. “The show must go on,” says Shorey. Pathak, Kapoor, Chadha and Bhardwaj play themselves, reliving their own memories on stage and making the audience do the same in the process.

Watch them live
The Blue Mug
When: 7:30pm, 25th and 26th July
Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi
Tickets: Rs200, Rs300, Rs500; (011-39895050)

First Published: Jul 21, 2011 18:30 IST