Yesterday I went to watch a play based on Swami and Friends by R.K. Narayan. The play was performed in Ranga Shankara, but had also been performed in Jagriti Theatre earlier in the month.
The story of Swami and all his adventures in the little fictional town of Malgudi is quite well known, and a television show called ‘Malgudi Days’ has been made on it. Therefore, I had expected a large audience, but Ranga Shankara was almost bursting with the number of people who had turned up. There was even a sign outside saying “Show sold out. Thank you”. 🙂
The play was performed by Abhitej Gupta, Ameet Bhuvan, Manosh Sengupta, Ishaan Pai, Karthik Iyer, Nikitha Hegde, Parthasarathi S, Sanjeev Gadre, Shridhar Kulkarni, Suhit Kumar, Sujatha Balakrishnan, Sreecharan Rachakonda and Vinay Chandra P. The director of the play was Aruna Ganesh Ram. They are part of a theatre group called Visual Respiration. Check them out! –
I thought the play was wonderful. They did a really lovely job of the acting and the atmosphere of Malgudi was maintained throughout. The script was hilarious as well as meaningful, and I had loads of fun and laughed almost throughout the performance. However, what really stayed with me was how they used the sets and the props. It’s a little difficult to explain, but hopefully you get the idea.
Basically, there were these wooden crate-like things which the actors would move around in different positions to create different sets. Sometimes the crates would function as shelves and in other scenes they would represent a bridge running across the river. I thought it was a very innovative way to show different settings without too much going on. It was simple, yet enough to depict the situation.
Overall, I thought this play was really great and I would definitely recommend it to people of all ages, if the play is performed again. I went with my parents and younger sister, and they all enjoyed it immensely. 🙂
That’s all for now, see you next time!
Have a nice day,