Good Pooh faces spoofy counterpart

THERE IS more to Winnie the Pooh's life than honey now. A "good" bear, Pooh has finally decided to give the "bad" new generation a chance. Still fighting the battle of the bulge, Winnie the Pooh has shifted from bare to beer necessities. A crucial drop of an essential vowel, and things have certainly changed in Winnie's life from the good old days.

Not just about making up rhymes and saying his prayers correctly, Winnie the Pooh has a more "happening" life now. An opportunity to hear from the Pooh of the 21st Century, Akshara Theatre on Baba Kharak Singh Marg in New Delhi presents a different version of A.A Milne's "When We are Six". Spoofing the book with more spice, Christopher Mathew has come up with "Now We Are Sixty", a popular book which has more than one reprint.

And for those who want a little bit of both worlds, Akshara Theatre is bringing both the Poohs together for an unforgettable evening. A double role with a difference, the "good" Pooh will come face to face with his younger and hipper counterpart this Sunday. Reading from both A.A Milne's verses and Mathew's spoofs, it will be an occasion to see the classic as well the classically twisted.

With known voices reading both the parts, there will be something for the young and old alike. Renuka Narayanan will be the bedtime story version of Winnie the Pooh, while Sir Rob Young and Gopal Sharman will play the bear with attitude.

Having resurrected Alice in a whole new Wonderland for Delhiites earlier, Akshara Theatre has decided to keep their audience stuck in the fairytale world. "The last time we had a poetry reading, there were so many people we couldn't seat them all. It was raining that day, but the theatre was still crowded. These poems are very amusing, if it is well done like these are, then many people will want to come and see it. We get all sorts of people, both young and old," says Gopal Sharman.

"They're Changing? At Buckingham Palace" is being staged this coming Sunday at 7-30 p.m. An invitation to a fantasy world, this evening comes with a promise of more than just laughter. With its trademark soup to end the evening, it might be the perfect Sunday outing you've been looking for.

By Mandira Nayar

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