Bangalore Little Theatre and Alliance Française de Bangalore
An adaptation by Eugene Ionesco : a comedy in the absurd tradition


Now in its 55th year, Bangalore Little Theatre (BLT) is the city’s oldest and most widely respected theatre society, committed to the promotion of theatre and performing arts. BLT has a long track record of outreach activity relating itself to the Bangalore environment. One of the longest running programmes is the Summer Project on Theatre (SPOT). SPOT  is a workshop is modeled after the National Youth Theatre in the UK, but is obviously more limited in its scale. However, the inputs to the summer workshop are of the highest quality, drawing on the best available methodology. Although open to all interested (“from 16 to 60”), irrespective of prior experience in or aptitude for theatre activity. The workshop runs for three months and culminates in the annual theatre production. The year 2015 has two courses of SPOT, and will complete 30 programmes since its inception.

The founder of the workshops, Vijay Padaki, has a long involvement in training methodology in Management and Organizational Development. He has successfully hybridized training methods between the two spheres of theatre and management. BLT has trained trainers to disseminate theatre training more effectively. Customized theatre workshops from BLT are constantly in demand from colleges, schools, clubs, corporate bodies and other institutions. The participants are exposed to all aspects of a theatre production, including  the basics of acting technique and the many aspects of stagecraft, such as stage design, lighting, sound, sets, props, costumes, etc.  SPOT includes hands-on experience in play production, and culminates in public performances of a chosen play script. Sometimes even the play script is an original one by the SPOT team.

This year’s Summer Project culminates in the performance of an adaptation of the French absurd classic RHINOCEROS by Eugene Ionesco. Bangalore Little Theatre is one of the oldest cultural partners of Alliance Française de Bangalore. Since its inception in 1970 AF has had the association of BLT in several ways, both organizationally and in programme content. The production is a product of the continuing cultural partnership between Alliance Française and BLT.

The play RHINOCEROS is a comic comment on the forces of majoritarianism creeping into a society and the blind acceptance by members of the society.  Ionesco’s drama combines abstract philosophical ideas of the nature of human logic with down to earth humor about the way humans deceive themselves with rationalizations in the name of logic.  The deeper undercurrent question remains through the play: Can logic replace responsibility in society? From this arises the most important theme of the play, namely the place of individuality in society and the significance of individual responsibility. If the rhinoceros serves as a metaphor for people succumbing to a majoritarian tidal wave,  the play’s appeal to resist the wave with logic and responsibility is derived from the same metaphor.

In keeping  with many of the plays in the Theatre of the Absurd, RHINOCEROS is conscious of itself as a play, as when one of the characters suggests to another character that he should see one of Ionesco’s plays. It forces the audience to recognize the performance before them as a play and not as a diversion. Ionesco breaks the “fourth wall” of the theatre (and numerous other walls and structures explode in the play) to make the audience leave the theatre feeling that the absurdity they witnessed was somehow more real than a “realistic” play. Audiences will recognize the relevance of the play in today’s society immediately.

Dates: August 28, 29 and 30
Timings: 3:30 P.M and 7:00 P.M
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore
Admission Free,first-come-served. 
Cast and Crew 
Narrator 1 – TamannaWadehra,
Narrator 2- CharulKapilJean, Karan Manveer Singh
Berenger- Deepak Mote
Logician – Tania Robinson
Old Gent – Shiv Kumar
Waitress- SanjnaJagdeesh
Grocer – Swapnil Kumar Yadav
Grocer’s wife – Aarti Sharma Grocer’s wife- Neha Shrivastav Proprietor- Rabi Agrawal Housewife- Sampada G Daisy- SahanaSubramanyam Daisy – Sujata Guha
Little Old Man – Matu Agarwal
Papillon – Vijay Kumar S
Dudard- Shubham Srivastava
Botard- Harish Shivanna
Mrs Boeuf – Annie Acharya
Little Old Man – Matu Agarwal
Papillon – Vijay Kumar S
Dudard- Shubham Srivastava
Botard- Harish Shivanna
Mrs Boeuf – Annie Acharya
Backstage – Karan Manveer Singh, MatuAgarwal, DeepakMote , Shubham Srivastava, AdityeNair, Minti Jain , MurtazaKhetty,Joseph, Aslam
Costumes, Props, Stage management –TamannaWadehra, Priyalakshmi Rao
Lights – Minti Jain/Aditye Nair
Poster design – Deepak Mote
SPOT Trainers- Vijay Padaki, MurtuzaKhetty, Minti Jain, Priyalakshmi Rao, AmjadPrawej
Director – Abhishek Sundaravadanan
Assisted by – Vijay Padaki


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