When the cream of Bangalore theatre is involved in a production, then you drop everything you’re doing, clear your schedule and fight Bangalore’s traffic with the belief of a follower. Such a production occupied much of May at Jagriti, the performance space that’s rapidly carving an impressive niche for itself in Bangalore’s cultural landscape.
'The Dreams of Tipu Sultan', written by the now-legendary playwright Girish Karnad and directed by Jagriti owner-force in theatre Arundhati Raja, paints a complex, multi-layered political landscape that was South India for the last decade of the 18th century and Tipu's life. The play continuously draws the spectator deeper and deeper into the twists of Tipu's life, his political relations with the French, the British, the Marathas, and the Nizam of Hyderabad as well as his personal relations with his family and court officials.
The acting and the costumes were top-notch, and the play wielded its magical theatrical power over the crowd for most of its 90 minute duration. The opening scene was a little low on energy, and some of the early transitions into and out of Tipu’s dream sequences seemed labored. Special call-outs must be made, however, of Tipu’s performance and the young ‘uns essaying his children’s roles, who are all students at Jagriti’s education initiative.
The crowd was involved in the production, reacting to proceedings on stage, which is always nice to see. However, a lady’s cell phone went off in a crucial scene towards the end, and she took forever to subdue it, thereby momentarily snapping the illusion.
Date: May 17, 2012
Location: Jagriti, Whitefield
Play Rating: 4/5
Location Rating: 4.5/5
Crowd Rating: 3.5/5
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