jagritithespace has written 21 posts for I Love Theatre

Listen – One tip on Acting

The great Laurence Olivier was asked in a radio interview if he could leave listeners, with a tip on acting. He said he could, he would in one word: “listen!” I have told my cast before they go on stage on opening night Continue reading



I have had enough. This brutalisation has to be brooked. This kind of carnage cannot continue. Why do we commit, collude, conspire and then condone the crucifixion of the English language? Before anyone of you accuses me of cosying up to our erstwhile masters – brutal and marauding they may have been – let me … Continue reading


A powerful performance always leaves an everlasting impression. It lingers on and resides in you longer than any motion picture. An experience which whenever recalled still gives you goosebumps! Ever thought about the mortals who create such experiences. The perseverance and passion they possess to constantly nurture talent and create phenomenal drama. Arundathi Raja and … Continue reading

Cardamom, back by popular demand!

We have had another FOUR houseful shows of Hasnain Shaikh’s CARDAMOM to an audience of about 1600 people, a good 1,400 of whom, would have been a first time audience. This is remarkable! More so that Hasnain wrote, directed and acted in it…trebly remarkable!! CARDAMOM is about an impending marriage, and I use the word as it should … Continue reading

Snapshots of Fervid Sunrise – A review

The world premiere of “Snapshots of a Fervid Sunrise”, a play by Mahesh Dattani produced by Crea-Shakthi and directed by Dushyanth Gunashekar is about two of our very young Freedom Fighters, Khudiram Bose (3 December 1889 – 11 August 1908) and Thillayaadi Velliamai (22 February 1898 – 22 February 1914). Khudiram, threw a bomb at … Continue reading

Trinity & Jagriti

This CERTIFICATE is a DISTINCTIVE Passport to anywhere. Attach it to your CV and doors to the English speaking will fling open. It means you can speak, listen and understand English to a world standard. We have had visiting examiners from Trinity College London for 16 years (since 2000) examining more than 3,000 students. We … Continue reading

David Scott – One Night Only

I have just sat listening to a most engaging, informal, funny, observant, David Scott talk us through a mosaic of his brushes with life, living, family, experiences for 100 minutes. It flashed past in a trice. What we need to applaud, not only here in Bangalore, India but around the world, is how a performer … Continue reading

Musings From a Well-Heeled Theatre Person But a First Time META Selection Committee Member!

However diverse our culture, our theatre draws from two basic premises, one between two to three thousand years old, Natya Sashtra.  The other being 200 years old, the Western theatre form that emerged in the salons of the British colonials introducing proscenium theatre and giving urban theatre a voice. Our iconic Parsi Theatre then took … Continue reading

A chief Guest

Of desultory applause and ‘lawful’ suspense! The scene is straight out of an incident that happened a few days ago. I reluctantly agree to be the Chief Guest at a function related to theatre. A taxi comes to take me to the other end of the city. It is obviously a long journey. I am … Continue reading

Blithe Spirit

  Menon, Dimpy.  Blithe Spirit. 2017. Bronze Sculpture. Jagriti Artist’s Note Blithe Spirit embodies the joy of performance. The sculpture can be viewed from various levels, from above and below, as one enters the foyer. It uses the entire space as its stage. The suspended figure expresses a myriad of emotions and an attitude of owning … Continue reading

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26 of 30: Societal Woes Sep 2017 . Written by Sriram Iyer Directed by Jagdish Raja . They are everywhere. Sprung up like mushrooms. Tall, squat, spacious, tiny. Worlds unto themselves. Apartment blocks, of course! Societal Woes is about people in an apartment block . You know them well. They will make you laugh, squirm, retch and want to run away! But you can't. Because when you reach home they will be there - in the garden, in the lift, in the kid's playground. They just won't go away! . Societal woes is about you and me and how we tend to live with our neighbours. We love and hate the people we interact with just as they love and hate us. Come and watch yourself from a distance as finally the goal of theatre is to show us a mirror. What you see in the reflection is yours to decide! It is a colloquial insight on the shenanigans of apartment living. It is literally right up your street and you cannot miss it. . Featuring: Vijay Sharma, David Selvaraj, Dhananjai S, K. Kalyanraman, Arundhati Raja, Paramita Gupta, Shlok Menon, Roomi Daroowala, Anirudh Acharya, Karn Malhota, Hemanth Narayan, Jaya Kalyanraman and Urvashi Goverdhan . . . . . . . . #throwback #flashbackfriday #flashback #bangalore #india #theatre #theatrelife #theatrekid #stage #productionhouse #monologue #backstage #backstage #supporttheearts #stories #shortstory #makeinindia #igers #potd #theatre #theatrelife #actorslife #actor #performance #actor #actorlife #theatre #play #performance #acting #igers #igersofbangalore #igersbangalore
25 of 30: Yayati July 2017 . Written by Girish Karnad Directed by Arundhati Raja . Clutching a drowning damsel in dire distress by her right hand could land you in a heap of trouble! . Yayati, Girish Karnad’s first play – was written in 1960, when he was 23 years old - and immediately established his ability to turn an epic mythological story into an exciting dramatic experience. King Yayati’s story from the Mahabharata becomes a roller coaster ride of events, sparked off by one sexual encounter. . When it was written, strong women characters were not acceptable in traditional Indian theatre and this play has four of them. Four strong women who assert their rights alongside a son who wishes to rebel against the path set out for him and a father willing to sacrifice his son’s youth in his quest for immortality. Set against a background of lust, jealousy and social prejudice, six strong characters fight to assert their own rights. . After opening at Jagriti, this production of Yayati has been performed at Rangashankara and has been invited to the National Academy of Indian Railways, Baroda and the 10th Annual Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival, Pune and by Crea-Shakthi to Chennai. . Featuring: Rohn Malhotra, Vivek Vijaykumaran, Swati De, Divya Jain, Vandana Prabhu, Urvashi Goverdhan and Jagdish Raja
24 of 30: Oleanna May 2017 . Written by David Mamet Directed by Jagdish Raja . Oleanna: Is he really guilty? Or is she a schemer? . This 1992 drama by Pulitzer winner David Mamet, showcases a power play between a professor and his female student who accuses him of sexual exploitation. These issues take on differing and different nuances as the story divulges the complexities of academic politics, student/teacher relationships and sexual harassment. . Featuring: Preetam Koilpillai and Rebecca Spurgeon . Production Stills: @rs2802 . . . . . . . #throwback #flashbackfriday #flashback #bangalore #india #theatre #theatrelife #theatrekid #stage #productionhouse #monologue #backstage #backstage #supporttheearts #stories #shortstory #makeinindia
23 of 30: Panchatantra Retold... Three stories with a twist March 2017 . Based on Panchatantra Tales Devised and Directed by Rebecca Spurgeon . Some classics may be timeless but they need to be revised in keeping with changing times. Panchatantra Retold, a more contemporary adaptation of the vintage tales brings exactly that to the stage. Three stories are retold with this adaptation: The Blue Jackal, The Monkey and the Crocodile and The Monkey and the Wedge . Filled with shadow play, live music, mime, physical theatre and an inventive use of props which assist the storytelling and make it come alive. The text includes verse and choral interludes with the ensemble playing a variety of characters. . This version of the famous Panchatantra stories has been developed for a contemporary audience of children and adults. The way we see the world and understand it has everything to do with our context- socially, politically & culturally. . Featuring: Ameet Bhuvan, Bhavana Rajendran, Rebecca Spurgeon, Shlok Menon, Spatica Ramanujam, Swetanshu Bora . . . . . . . . . #throwback #flashbackfriday #flashback #bangalore #india #theatre #theatrelife #theatrekid #stage #productionhouse #monologue #backstage #backstage #supporttheearts #stories #shortstory #makeinindia #childrenstheatre #forkids #adaptation #indiantales #storytelling
22 of 30: Rabbit Hole Nov 2016 . Written by David Lindsay- Abaire Directed by Vandana Prabhu . Becca and Howie have everything a couple could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves them drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. A play about mending a broken family which shifts perfectly from hilarity to grief without sentimentality. . Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, David Lindsay-Abaire has crafted a drama that's not just a departure but a revelation—an emotional and insightful examination of grief, laced with wit, compassion and searing honesty. . Featuring: Aarti Aney, Arundhati Raja, Shlok Menon, Supriya Utthaiah, Swetanshu Bora with Bhavana Rajendran joining the cast for the second run. . . . . . . . . . #throwback #flashbackfriday #flashback #bangalore #india #theatre #theatrelife #theatrekid #stage #productionhouse #monologue #backstage #backstage #supporttheearts #stories #shortstory #makeinindia
21 of 30: The Vaidya’s Oath May 2016 . Written by @gautamraja Directed by Jeff Teare . A husband and wife. A doctor and a scientist. A mother and a baby and antibiotics that no longer work. . A Note from the director: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a world problem but is especially an Indian one. In a land with more mobile phones than toilets trying to keep AMR at bay is hard. It may seem like someone else’s problem. Try telling that to Kamala and her new-born baby with sepsis… . Featuring: Bhavik Bhandari, Jimmy Xavier, Rebecca Spurgeon, Yeshaswini Channiah, Praveen Potti. . . . . . . . . #throwback #flashbackfriday #flashback #bangalore #india #theatre #theatrelife #theatrekid #stage #productionhouse #monologue #backstage #backstage #supporttheearts #stories #shortstory #makeinindia

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