In the household of Olivia, two campaigns are being quietly waged – one by the lovesick lord Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the high-handedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows.
Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with some of the subtlest poetry and most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote.
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Translated by Amitosh Nagpal
Directed by Atul Kumar
A Musical Comedy in Hindi
150 minutes with interval
Originally commissioned by Shakespeare's Globe UK
TO BE OR NOT TO BE
Revisiting Shakespeare’s iconic speech; here’s inviting you to look at it with fresh eyes; to contemplate the end, to live feelings of hopelessness and despair & to breathe the suffering that envelops the air around us.
A film editor & sound designer, a visual artist & seven female performers re-assemble Hamlet's words as they find a way to address the objective truth and morality of suicide through his mind, his words. At no time, trying to create his persona; rather reflecting the dilemma and emotion, each in her own reality.
To speak, to hope......that perhaps we can surface when we speak.
Excerpt from Shakespeare's Hamlet
Video Art Performance
Directed by Atul Kumar
Editing & Sound by Asawari Jagushte
Design & Illustration by Gaurav Ogale
AN OAK TREE
Man turns tree into daughter,
A man loses his daughter to a car. Nothing now is what it is. It’s like he’s in a play – but he doesn’t know the words or the moves. The man who was driving the car is a stage hypnotist. Since the accident, he’s lost the power of suggestion. His act’s a disaster. For him, everything now is exactly what it is. For the first time since the accident, these two men meet. They meet when the Father volunteers for the Hypnotist’s act. And, this time, he really doesn’t know the words or the moves…
Writer turns person into character,
An Oak Tree is a two-hander, with the Hypnotist being played by Tim Crouch. The Father, however, is played by a different guest actor at each performance. They walk on stage having neither seen nor read a word of the play they’re in… until they’re in it.
Directed by Atul Kumar & Rachel Dsouza
Performed by Atul Kumar
Opening shows second actors included Ratna Pathak Shah, Sheeba Chadha, Mallika Singh, Nisha Bora, Sameera Iyengar, Ashwini Giri, Vijay Krishna Acharya, Vivek Gomber, Danish Husain & Niranjan Pednekar
WHERE DOES ALL THIS WOOD COME FROM
WDATWCF is a non-linear, episodic contemplation of 10 artists who are searching for joy & beauty through the prevalent realms of gloom and struggle. This 2-hour journey attempts to penetrate the 'Banale", only to transcend its inherent place in cosmos. And somewhere between Good & Evil, Right & Wrong, Nature & Grace we all discover that there lies a domain so beautiful and giving which we are usually unable to grasp.
This show is most significant not only for us but the entire theatre community for it marks the revival of theatre performances after the world has been hit by severe lockdowns & Covid-19
Designed & Directed by Atul Kumar
Along with Saylee Meshram, Vara Raturi, Bharati Perwani, Shagufta Abrar, Devyani Mehra, Shailja Chaturvedi, Sumit Nagar, Samrat Damyanti, Chaitanya Deshpande, Rohan Verma, Mitesh Bhatt, Ajay Raman, Prafull Devale, Pratiksha Jain, Vishal Kasana, Vicky Rana, Ranjit Singh