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Mukha Mugam returns to the stage with ‘The View From Above’, a Macbeth-inspired political satire

Mukha Mugam returns to the stage with ‘The View From Above’, a Macbeth-inspired political satire

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You may watch the play at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore on Might 8 and at Ranga Shankara on Might 15

You may watch the play at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore on Might 8 and at Ranga Shankara on Might 15

For many of the final two years, Bengaluru-based actor and playwright Spatica Ramanujam was feeling restricted because of the lack of ability to mount a brand new play. This sense, in fact, was near-universal for theatre individuals internationally. A few of them, nonetheless, began making and appearing in video performs. However Spatica, the creative director of the Mukha Mugam theatre group, was among the many laggards when it got here to the stage to display transition. It took her some time. 

“To take a seat in a rehearsal room with actors, throwing round concepts — that’s what I’m used to. That’s my consolation zone. So, not having the ability to try this felt bizarre,” she says, “I used to be completely at a loss on what to do. So, I simply watched and noticed.”

When the pandemic confirmed no indicators of dissipating, she advised herself she has to be taught to work with the constraints. She didn’t instantly got down to write one other play. As an alternative, she joined Mahesh Dattani’s playwriting workshop. Then, she began appearing in video performs written by others. She was slowly getting again into the groove. 

“In a method, the pandemic helped me broaden my consolation zone. So, that was one thing good,” she says.

Because the lockdowns progressively eased, Spatica had an concept for a play. She remembered her theatre college days in London and Berlin, the place one in every of her lecturers launched a nineteenth century French play, Ubu Roi, which was a parody of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. 

Impressed from this, she created A View From Above, a social satire that appears on the lives and relationships of individuals in energy. “The French play falls beneath the style of social grotesque, the place every little thing — the appearing, costumes, and different issues, is exaggerated. In my adaptation, I’ve tried to maintain it in a sensible realm. Having mentioned that, you’ll nonetheless discover some absurd and surreal components within the play.”

The one-hour play has already been premiered at Courtyard Koota, a group artwork house within the metropolis. It will likely be staged at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore on Might 8 and at Ranga Shankara on Might 15. Tickets and particulars on bookmyshow.com.

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