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The Year of the Rooster – A review by a Student

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The Year Of The Rooster – Review
On 17th November, Friday, our school, Sishu Griha, took the students from high school- classes 8, 9, and 10 to watch the play ‘The Year Of The Rooster’.
This play is an adaptation of a Chinese folktale, and traditional to the Chinese way of presenting a play, there are few props and stage setting, enabling the audience to use their imagination, and furnish the stage the way they like. The play tells us the story of a strong-willed, firm young woman, Still Waters, who is determined not to marry men like her sisters’ shallow husbands, but an honest, true young man, who happens to be the gardener in her mansion. However, this goes against her father’s wishes. Still Waters leaves her house with her husband in a fit of anger and vows never to return until they become rich and successful.
Through the play, we see how she fulfills her oath, in a humorous and light manner, exaggerating and ridiculing certain aspects of human nature. There are musical moments in the play, which lends it a different effect altogether, and the lack of props and other items onstage lets us imagine to our fullest capability. The actors were wonderful, especially those of the Prime Minister (Still Water’s father), the Tiger General (a sister’s husband), and Still Water’s mother.
The play was ‘run’ by two property masters, and a reader, who played the part of the narrator but also took on certain roles in the play, as minor characters, such as attendants, soldiers, and others.
I enjoyed the play, overall, and since it was an interactive one, it provided us with many chances to feel like we were a part of it. I would recommend watching this play, which would guarantee you around ninety minutes of highly enjoyable time and laughter.

This article has been penned by Gayatri Allamsetty 

Sketch by Supriya Kannan

 

 

 

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Directors Training Programme

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE and BANGALORE LITTLE THEATRE

are pleased to announce the next

Directors Training Programme

It is a unique project in which a festival of Indian adaptations of plays will be combined with a Directors training programme.

The programme will enroll participants interested in learning how to direct a play and manage a theatre production. Three to four plays with a French connection are being lined up for adaptation into the Indian social context – and to be produced in the festival. The trainee Directors will thus learn production-direction skills around the chosen live productions.

Bangalore Little Theatre was created in 1960, and is the city’s oldest and most widely respected organization committed to the promotion of theatre and performing arts. BLT is the oldest cultural partner of Alliance Francaise, associated with even setting up the Bangalore centre.

This programme is only for those with previous theatre experience and serious interest in continuing in the theatre. Those interested can write directly to BLT at the following contacts:

bangalorelittletheatre@gmail.com

vpadaki.theatre@gmail.com

Please include your full name, your email contacts, your phone contacts and your address. Add a paragraph to say what your experience in the theatre has been and why you want to join this programme.

BLT and AF reserve the right to the enrolment of applicants. Selected applicants will receive detailed information of the programme schedule. The training will start in early June. The end performances will be in mid-August.