Q Theatre Productions (QTP) presents Project S.T.R.I.P., a comic satire written by Ram Ganesh Kamatham and directed by Quasar Thakore Padamsee. The play tells the story of the discovery of a native island community and their contribution towards the ‘progress and trade’ of the modern world.
The play involves the acquisition of invaluable resources off a fictitious island in the Bay of Bengal. The natives find themselves trapped in the chaos of the developed world. Who will guard them? Will the tribal life be compromised? Who will win? While the play deals with the concept of primitive vs. civilized, it is presented with verbal wit and visual humour.
The cast includes Neil Bhoopalam, Dilnaz Irani, Harssh Singh, Shruti Sridharan,Tariq Vasudeva and Sanjukta Wagh.
Quasar Thakore Padamsee is renowned for his productions such as The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail (1999), All My Sons(2000-01), Minorities (2002), Acid (2004), Kindertransport (2004), which dealt with contemporary social issues and exhibited a strong commitment to experimentation with form and design. He returns to directing after spending three years as Assistant Director on The Midsummer Night’s Dream (2006-08) which opened in India and toured the UK, Italy, Australia, the USA and Canada.
Quasar says, “For the first time we have applied a laboratory style process to working on a play. The writer, designers, actors all are resources out of which the story and play has emerged. This way of working, we hope has resulted in an incredibly intense, honest and bizarrely funny piece of theatre. We had a good time creating it, and I’m sure the audience will have good time receiving it.”
The task was to create a humorous narrative that brought to life the critical aspect of development to an average urban English theatregoer. Ram Ganesh Kamatham is a prolific playwright whose works include Crab (2007), Dancing on Glass (2004), Square Root of Minus One (2002), The Dead Metaphor (2001) amongst others. He has also collaborated with the Royal Court Young Writers Programme and the BBC. His play Creeper (2007) was developed through a Sarai-CSDS Independent Research Fellowship.
Ram believes that, “The aspiration of Project S.T.R.I.P. is to produce an insightful, relevant and meaningful dramatic performance that provokes thought while entertaining the audience.”
QTP will show Project S.T.R.I.P. for 18 shows only from June 16 to July 5, 2009, at the Prithvi Theatre, NCPA Experimental Theatre and Sathaye College Auditorium, Mumbai.
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