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Feast for school-goers: Creative Director of Ranga Shankara Arundhati Nag (left) and Director of Rangayana B. Jayashree speaking at a press conference in Mysore on Sunday.
Feast for school-goers: Creative Director of Ranga Shankara Arundhati Nag (left) and Director of Rangayana B. Jayashree speaking at a press conference in Mysore on Sunday.

Staff Correspondent

Seven plays will be staged at Rangayana from September 3

Troupes from Germany, Australia and Argentina will stage four plays

The morning show for schoolchildren will start at 11.30 a.m.

Mysore: “Aha! International Theatre Festival for Children”, organised by Ranga Shankara in association with Britannia Industries in Bangalore started on August 26 and will be on up to September 6. In Mysore, Rangayana in association with Ranga Shankara will host the festival. The event comprises four plays from Germany, Australia and Argentina, and three others from India.

According to Creative Director of Ranga Shankara, Arundhati Nag, three plays will expose theatre enthusiasts, especially children of Mysore to the new world of theatre. While Argentinean troupe will stage “Pirates’ Code” on September 3, troupe from Australia will stage “The Stones” on September 8 and the German troupes will stage “Zapperdockel and the Wock” on September 9.

Briefing presspersons here on Sunday on the reason behind bringing the festival to Mysore, B. Jayashree said that, Rangayana was planning to do something for the children of Mysore and when Ranga Shankara made an offer in this regard, there was no question of rejecting it. The children’s festival was an attempt to bring fresh air into Rangayana, which was planning to energize children’s theatre in the State. “When we appealed for the financial support for organising the festival, State Bank of India agreed to help”, she added.

The plays will be staged at 11.30 a.m. so that it would be easy for teachers to bring schoolchildren to watch the plays.

Ms. Arundhati Nag said that “aha!” is Ranga Shankara’s commitment to children. Since Ranga Shankara started the programme in 2006, two plays were produced and four summer workshops for children had been conducted. This year Ranga Shankara felt that it was time for a festival for children and the result was “aha!” which would surely entertain children and teenagers. She said: “We have morning shows for schoolchildren and evening shows are open for parents also.”

Speaking highly of “Zapperdockel and the Wock”, she said that it was a Ranga Shankara production for children aged six years and above. This was produced in association with the Goethe Institute-MaxMueller Bhavan and Wally and Paul Schmidt from Germany were directors. “We put together a fine team of work on this ambitious production that will be staged at the festival. A festival of plays, according to us, is not just a bunch of plays put together. The lasting value also comes from the ancillary events”, she said.

“Pirates Code” directed by Rene Mantinan would have no language. It was as 60-minutes play by Vuelve en Julio troupe. The play was performed in code by using actors’ bodies, sounds and movements thus transcending languages and ages. During the entire play, the actor creates a code which the spectator decodes.

“The Stones” directed by Stefo Nantsou and Tom Lycos and presented by Zeal Theatre of Australia will be in English. Since its premier in 1996, the play had been performed in schools, theatres and festivals throughout Australia, Europe, North America and Asia, including National Theatre School London. “The play has no easy answers but it dares to ask some big questions”, he said.

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