The Looking Glass Project / Summer Workshops 2013

•April 28, 2013 • Leave a Comment
The Looking Glass Project | The First Four

The Looking Glass Project | The First Four

 

The Looking Glass Project
THEATRE WORKSHOPS / The First Four
by the Tadpole Repertory

THE SEA OF STORIES
a workshop for children on storytelling through theatre, voice and song

20 May – 1 June | 7-9 year olds | rs. 5000

Stories are intrinsic to our lives. We learn and think in stories, we make them up and break them down, mix them up, cut and paste, and sometimes even tie them head-to-tail, into loops. This workshop encourages children to playfully explore stories we all know from the worlds of history, legend, myth, and fable – as a way to learning more about these stories and making them their very own. Through theatre games and improvisations, and the use of voice and song, children are inspired to remake these stories and throw a light on them in a way only they can.

RAW MATERIALS
a workshop for children on making theatre from simple stories from history, literature and the natural sciences

22 May – 2 June | 10-13 year olds | rs. 5000

Stories hold within them distinct worlds – each with its own rules and reasons – that thrill or amuse us, give us food for thought and feeling, and also, in their own unique ways, teach us things. Bringing together what we know of historical events, geographical shifts, concepts of science, as well as new discoveries and current events, this workshop primarily uses games and exercises to find a deeper (and perhaps, more playful) understanding of these familiar and fundamental ideas. But also, the workshop teaches children how to create drama from simple ideas, through working together and taking responsibility for their own learning.

OBJECTS IN SPACE
a theatre workshop on the making and transformation of dramatic space through the use of furniture, objects and the actor’s body

18 June – 29 June | 14-17 year olds | rs. 5000

The world of a play is brought to life, in many senses, through the placement of sets and properties. Among other things, they express the mood of the stage, and define the way performers interact with the world. Introducing bodies, set-pieces and objects into an empty space, the workshop looks at ways of building settings and transforming environments through simply designed arrangements of these objects. Through games and exercises the workshop looks into the value of objects and set-pieces in giving meaning to dramatic spaces, as well as their interaction with bodies, before moving on to putting this learning into action by creating small performances of its own.

THE PLAYHOUSE
a month-long collaborative theatre workshop in three parts for writers, actors and directors 

18 June – 13 July | 17-21 year olds

The Playhouse is a three-part workshop designed to bring young writers, actors and directors together, to plunge into a month of creative collaboration. The workshop focuses on three parts of the theatre process:

1) THE WRITER’S ROOM: on writing and developing text / 18 June – 29 June
2) THE ACT: on an actor’s tools and process / 1 July – 13 July
3) THE LAB: on directing and devising / 1 July – 13 July

The Playhouse will culminate in a sharing of the month’s work through a weekend of performances for the public.

Please note: Participants can choose to be part of two workshops in total – writers may also sign up for the actors’ or directors’ workshops. However, actors and directors may not sign up for both the acting and direction workshops. Watch this space for more details on The Playhouse.

For more detailed information on each individual workshop, please write to: tadpoletheatre@gmail.com.

To register for any of the workshops, please call: Bikram Ghosh (+91) 98113 92916 or Kriti Pant (+91) 98184 07906.

REGISTER NOW! Places are limited.

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•April 11, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Breathe in, breathe out. Here is how the winter came and went.

Photo | Kota Shiva

We built a play, and performed it on the cusp of Spring in a farm in Ghitorni: The Winter’s Tale. It has definitely been our most ambitious project till date, both in scale and magnitude. Meaning, we went from building sets out of cardboard and almost celebrating the mundane, to spreading ourselves across three different locations and (oh, boy!) raising high the performance register, higher than we’ve ever dared to before. That was new and frightening, and a top class rush. We’re not sure when we might do something of this size next – because we’re broke now (give some money, no?) – but it was unspeakable fun, not only to be working out of our comfort zone in so many ways, but also to watch each other work after such a while apart.

Thankfully, the reaction to the production has been fairly positive so far. Everybody’s been very good to us, and some of the feedback has been properly helpful. We’ve been truly blessed to be able to work with our collaborators: the designers and photographers, the musicians, the production crew and the cast. And, of course, our roster of friends, families, demons and pets. There are some exciting possibilities in the pipeline when next we run the play – which will be in November, if all goes well – s0, come watch it if you missed it the first time or if you want to watch it again, or you know, just tell your friends.

In other news, we’re gearing up to run a bunch of workshops through the Looking Glass Project from mid-May onwards for different ages, sizes and shapes of human beings. Some of the ideas for the workshops are quite interesting, and I think they might please. Watch this space for more on the subject.

So, our year has been roughly set down now. If all goes well, we’ll have a lot to show by the time it gets dark in December. I’m not going to tell you what they are right now because if things fall through, I’m going to look like a total wanker for saying anything at all. So… Stay tuned to find out more, friends! Same bat-time, same bat-channel.

Eh, where have you been, b’ddy?

•December 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

So…er…someone may have noticed we haven’t been around on this space much. Truth is, we’ve were busy this year on our own expeditions. I won’t list them all here because that would be boring. I’ll just say that some of us went travelling, some of us stayed at home, some of us had roast beef and some of us didn’t even get a sniff.  We’re back in Delhi now and together again, and other than little one-off gigs here and there (at TLR this Sunday or at the Indo-German Mela earlier in November, for example), we’re working on one thing and one thing only. That is William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. We’re putting it up in March 2013 in partnership with friends and lovers, Wide Aisle Productions.

It’s quite different from our usual thing: that may be the exciting bit. R and N are co-directing. R’s been working physically for a while now, with breath and voice and text – with movement, rhythm and pace – with dance and song. We talked it over a bit and we settled on The Winter’s Tale for reasons I won’t go into right now. If anyone reading this really wants to know, wait for the publicity stuff to be out. That’ll all be about why we’re doing this play, what’s so wonderful about it, and why you should come watch this play. Which you totally should. March 2013. Tell your friends.

Here’s a link to the Facebook page.  ‘Like’ it, please. We’ll be updating the page every now and then with photos, info, teasers etc. You know: the usual thing. But we’ll try to be a little unusual with it.

That’s it. Hang on. I’ll upload a picture.

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•December 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

This is a picture from some acrobatics sessions at the park. What park? The park nearby, man. Don’t ask stupid questions.

Rehearsal in the Park

Rehearsal in the Park

End of the Year/Beginning of the Year

•January 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Righto. So, everything on the list so far has been ticked off, despite technical limitations and the current (often quite frustrating) culture of  work.

We performed Good Hands / Godspeed at the Delhi International Arts Festival in November, our first time performing in the Mandi House area.

We also performed a sketch called ‘Nightswimming’ at Short + Sweet, Delhi, a great little festival for beginners . Some plays worth mentioning from the festival are ‘No Surprises’ (a good little piece of writing by Eisha Chopra), ‘Pride and Prejudice in Ten Minutes Flat’ (a crowd-pleaser to be sure, but very enjoyable nonetheless) and ‘Diary of a Break Up/Break Down’, performed by Karthik Kumar and Anitha Mithra from the Tortilla Entertainment Company, Bangalore.

We put together So Sweet And So Cold, a Christmas ‘special’ at a private space in December. It was a variety show (of sorts) with rum punch, cakes and ‘back-presents’ at the end. We were also celebrating some of us working together for 5 years now. It was fun and friendly, and we really hope to do more of the same thing this year.

We performed Taramandal at the Bharangam in January, despite the technical staff. The less said about them and the organisers, the better. We did put together a half-decent first show, and a great second show. If the NSD delegates and invitees for whom we’d been summoned to perform the second time had showed up, they would have been quite pleased. The 20-odd people who were there were pleased. My apologies to all those we dissuaded from coming because it was ‘invitees only’ – we would have filled the place with you lot alone. This was our first appearance at the Bharangam: it’s nice to be recognised by the establishment, I guess.

We performed in Bombay for the first time ever a week ago, as part of the Writer’s Bloc festival. N’s new script Still And Still Moving saw its first three performances; at Prithvi Theatre and the NCPA no less. Bombay has a great work-culture, and for a group that tends to handle everything on its own, it was wonderful to have such an uberhelpful support staff in a strange city. Hats off to Rage for putting this together. Here’s a review for the play at Stage Impressions.

Okay, that’s plenty. If you’re reading this sentence, thank you for reading this post all the way through. See you.

When We Come Alive

•October 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It’s autumn already. The next time we blink, we’ll be on the other side of winter.

We put together a few good performances over the summer in Bangalore and Delhi. We spent the remainder of the summer doing other things, like commissioned work, and now that it’s autumn, we’re coming alive again. And how.

November 11th sees us performing Good Hands/Godspeed at the LTG auditorium as part of the Delhi International Arts Festival. Many thanks to Max Mueller Bhavan/Goethe-Institut New Delhi for supporting the performance. And, later in the month, we’re performing at Short + Sweet Delhi 2011 at the India Habitat Centre. We’re performing something new for Short + Sweet, as yet ‘Untitled’ – that’s as much as I know right now.

We generally don’t perform in December. This year might be an exception, so we’ll let you know if something develops. We will be rehearsing throughout that month, though, because there’s exciting news for us this JanuaryTaramandal goes on stage again in January 2012 as part of the National School of Drama’s Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2012.

As does Still And Still Moving, Neel’s new play, written as part of Writers’ Bloc 2011. Directed by Neel, Still And Still Moving opens at the Writers’ Bloc festival  (9th-31st January), at Prithvi Theatre and the NCPA Experimental Theatre in Mumbai.

Beyond this is difficult to tell, at the moment.

So, that’s all. Take it easy. See you around.

A Neat Late-Summer

•July 18, 2011 • 5 Comments

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Sets have been packaged and bubble wrapped. Props are in a brand new trunk with our name on it. I am bathed and freshly scented. We are ready to go.

We’re performing Good Hands/Godspeed at Ranga Shankara in Bangalore on Friday and Saturday, and then Taramandal on Sunday. If we get good houses, it’s all thanks to the helpful hands of the Indian Ensemble. But first, we’re stopping by Rishi Valley School on Wednesday to perform for our friends. Performing Taramandal at Rishi Valley feels important: the first time we went, we’d just finished auditioning for the play; the second time, we were in preparation to open the play; and, the third time (which was this January), the play had just been published. This is a trip filled with good energies.

Incidentally, we’re performing Taramandal in Delhi in August on the 13th and 14th at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre.

And, in case anyone reading this joined us on the 10th of this month at the private performance we did, we hope in the coming months to give you more of what you saw. But even better, and all new stuff.

See you when we see you. Take it easy. And hope you have a neat late-summer.

 
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