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2014

A collaboration with 2 leading directors in Pune – Mahrukh Bharucha & Jaideep Mujumdar – to devise short plays centred around the theme of ‘Invisible Love’. Each Director worked with their team while I ran the devising process, workshops and overall aesthetic curation and production.

2. Mujhse Shaadi Karonge 2014 Based on research done with women who have used Matrimonial websites to find partners. This was a monoact that I created and performed for the annual summer festival at Artsphere, Pune.
3. Kiss & Tell 2014 Based on qualitative research done with 50 odd individuals, this play highlights urban relationships, the hook-up culture and the lives of young, single, intelligent women through the story of Frieda – a blogger and ghost-writer and her relationships three different guys. The play premiered on the 14th of February at Pukaar 2014, Pune
4. The Artist and the Aviator 2013 Explores the evolving relationship of the artist and the muse and whether it can transcend its traditional parasitic nature. Based on archival research. It was chosen for development by the Kali Theatre, London.
5. White Noise 2011 – 2013 Inspired by William Dalrymple’s book, ‘Nine Lives’, this play was an experimental foray in to many of the masks society wears through 4 unusual character – a Jain nun, an Idol-maker, a Devadasi and a mad woman.

The Play has been performed at:

  • ACT Festival, 2011
  • Bela Terrace Theatre Festival, Delhi, 2012
  • Kala Ghoda Festival, Mumbai, 2013
  • Bordersongs Festival, Kolkata, 2013
6. Anarkali 2012 Devised drama created with a team of 7 actors, the plat us based in an old-world kotha, it is the story of competition amongst the ranks of women working in the brothel and how that ultimately leads to the murder of one of the girls’ lovers
7. Charming 2012 This was a short play twisting the happy ending of the Handsome Prince-Sleeping Princess faerietale, staged at the Short+Sweet Theatre Festival in Mumbai.
8. Toba Tek Singh 2011 Based on the story of the same name by one of Urdu’s greatest writers – Saadat Hassan Manto, this play explores the strife and absurdity of the Indo-Pak Partition. Played out of a mental asylum in Lahore, the play was dramatized by actors between 16 to 33 years of age.
9. Food on the Table 2010-2011 A play dealing with the various forms of domestic violence, developed through research with the Stree Mukti Sanghtana.

Staged by

  • Key City Theatre, Washington, USA as part of the ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ festival of women playwrights
  • Contacting the World festival held in Manchester, UK in 2010
10. Sapphire Butterfly Blue 2010 / 2009 The script is a visual and auditory explosion of moments around the Salem Witch Trials that rocked Salem County, Massachusetts in 1692. The events of the play were juxtaposed to the modern-day witch burnings and tortures that occur in Bihar and Jharkhand, India through the production and used news footage and episodic story-telling.

Staged at

Zehen, an international theatre festival organized by Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication at Lavale

11. Geography of a Horse Dreamer 2010 Sam Shepard’s absurd play is the story of Cody, a man who dreams winning horses and is abducted by the mafia for his gift.

I was in charge of the training for actors and the physical work during the play

12. Mind Matters 2005-2010 The script deals with the dilemmas and pitfalls of psychiatry as a profession. Based on research done with students of psychiatry and people living with mental illness.

Staged at

The Inter-State Seminar on Research Methodologies in the English Language, Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune, 2010

13. Waiting

for

Godot

2009 Nothing happens, no one comes, no one goes.

Samuel Beckett’s seminal work, high-point of the ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ movement staged by us on a very, very experimental basis. Our amateur treatment wasn’t the best way to go about it. But it was definitely a learning experience.

14. All that remains… 2008 The play was a story of a family that has been living in an ancient house for generations but is now facing problems that cannot be explained away. This was my naive attempt at a penny dreadful.

Staged as

A fundraiser for Sahara AALHAD, Tamanna and the Steria India Foundation.

15. Where is my baby? 2008

My first play as a professional, this surreal, episodic drama was written for the NGO Tamanna and deals with the issue of sex-selective abortion.

It looked at the problem of ante-natal sex-determination through the prism of class, gender and society.

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