Hindu MetroPlus is organising a theater festival from 10th to 13th October, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. Four reputed English plays from various parts of the country will be staged during the 4-day festival. Today, the third day, Butter and Mashed Banana will be enacted by Harami Theatre from Bangalore. The play has been directed and written by Ajay Krishnan.
In this comic award-winning play, there are no real characters, or moments of emotional truth. It's just three characters on stage, caught up in a frenzy of activity. The story is about a boy who goes on to become a famous writer and faces rabid opposition to anything he tries to say or do.
Interspersed dramatically with music and movement, delivered in the style of an informal skit, and combining an English script with Indian folk elements, the play takes a dig at ideology and censorship, among other things. Although its intent is to entertain, the writer/director admits his writing comes from a kind of dissatisfaction over how poorly freedom of speech is protected.
Launched in Chennai in 2005, The MetroPlus Theatre Festival has become a big success, growing in ambition and in maturity with every passing year. This August, the Chennai event comprised 12 plays – 4 of them from abroad. The highly encouraging response in Chennai has led to the festival debuting in Hyderabad, another city with a large discerning and appreciative audience for the arts.
The Hyderabad event is made up of four plays – all of which are being staged at the Ravindra Bharati - Love Letters by Rage (Mumbai), Five Point Someone by The Madras Players (Chennai), Butter And Mashed Banana by Harami Theatre (Bangalore) and Amadeus by Boardwalkers (Chennai).
The entry is by tickets of Rs. 300, Rs. 200 and Rs. 100 per head, and season passes are available for Rs. 900 and Rs. 600 per head. Please contact The Hindu at 2341-7777 for further details.