Thursday, August 28, 2008
TFA and rafiki do Woyzeck
(Images by Shilo)
Toto Funds the Arts and rafiki are collaborating to produce Georg Büchner's most acclaimed play, Woyzeck.
About the production
Adapted and directed by Anmol Vellani
Saturday 13 September (7:30 pm)
Sunday 14 September(3:30 pm and 7:30 pm)
About the play
Büchner's Woyzeck is one the most celebrated plays in the German theatre repertory and has aroused much curiosity and fascination since it was first written in the 1830s. At one level, the play is a gripping story of love, betrayal and madness, a journey into the dark heart of human jealousy. At another, it is a nuanced exploration of the dehumanizing effects of a repressive system and poverty, and a scathing statement on hypocrisy and moral boundaries.
Woyzeck is the first play in Western dramatic literature to politicize tragedy and feature a commoner as a tragic figure. Franz Woyzeck is a peasant-soldier whose fate is sealed as much by his own actions as by the forces of oppression in 19th century Prussian society. The play explores lust, infidelity, brutality, depravity and murder with a radical vision and compact intensity unequalled in the history of drama.
A new script has been specially created for this production. The script underscores Woyzeck's lack of voice and agency, his helplessness and despair, and his gradual disintegration as he is bullied and tormented by his superiors, subjected to bizarre medical experiments by the army doctor, and betrayed by his beautiful and vivacious mistress.
The strong cast includes Anish Victor, Ashish Sen, Sachin Gurjale, Sunitha M R, Shiva Pathak, Abhijeet Shetty, Ashish D’Abreo, Sanjay Iyer, V. Ashok Kumar and Itisha Peerbhoy.
rafiki is a Bengaluru-based theatre group that has been active since 1996 and has a strong focus on children and the young. The group works to celebrate, professionalize and explore theatre for the transformation of self and society.
The production is being supported by the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan (GI-MMB), Bangalore.