Up & Coming - Schedule of plays of May

Sunday, 1st May
Prithvi Theatre – 4 & 7pm: JUNGLENAMA

Animals come together to save their motherland from human invasion in a struggle for existence. Shadow puppetry and a nautanki style of performance are brought together to explore the possibility of harmony and peaceful coexistence of humans and animals.

NCPA Tata Theatre – 6:30pm: HISTORY OF INDIA : VIRITTEN
The play promises to be the funniest, wittiest and sensational relook at India’s history.

Horniman Circle Garden – 8pm: KABULIWALA
Kabuliwala, a trader from Kabul comes to Hindusthan to earn some money because his daughter is unwell. While trying to sell his wares on the streets of Hindusthan, he befriends a little girl called Mini. Though Mini's parents are a little apprehensive of their daughter's friendship with the kabuliwala, the two become very close.

Monday, 2nd May
Horniman Circle Garden – 8pm: DAY I MET THE PRINCE

The Little Prince from Planet BB88 has a strange problem. He has a rose and a goat on his planet. He loves them both. But how to protect the rose from being eaten up by the goat???

Tuesday, 3rd May
Prithvi Theatre – 4 & 7pm: LADDOO GOPAL

Seth Laddoo Gopal was known for his miserly ways in Khajoorgarh. He was not only a miser but also a very deceptive person. One day, the villagers saw a change in his behaviour. People were foxed. What could it be? Was he for real or…?

Horniman Circle Garden – 8pm: WONDERLAND – THE ALICE AND DON QUIXOTE STORY
Wonderland is a combination of two well-known and enthralling tales. Alice, an adventurous little girl, and Don Quixote, a day dreaming, middle-aged Spanish gentleman, meet each other in the Queen’s Palace. Their exciting story unfolds as they set out to destroy the ego of Manhattan’s king and queen.

Wednesday, 4th May
Prithvi Theatre – 4 & 7pm: LADDOO GOPAL

A Yatri Theatre Presentation.

Horniman Circle Garden – 8pm: WONDERLAND – THE ALICE AND DON QUIXOTE STORY
Concept, Design and Directed by Bijon Mondal.

Thursday, 5th May
Prithvi Theatre – 4 & 7pm: PETER PAN
Meet Peter and Wendy and the Darling children, fly with them to Neverland, and join forces with the Lost Boys in their fight against the evil Captain Hook!

Horniman Circle Garden – 8pm: MUMMY TU AAVI KEVI?
Thoroughly fed up with their mother’s traditional habits, her children try to introduce her to the modern ways of life. Though she does not wish to change, she pretends to give in to please her children. Initially, the children are satisfied with the result, but slowly they begin to realize that they preferred their mother the way she originally was. The tables turn, as the mother returns to her ways and makes a few changes in her children’s lifestyles.

Friday, 6th May
Prithvi Theatre – 4 & 7pm: PETER PAN

An Akvarious Presentation.

NCPA Experimental Theatre – 7pm: FALSAFA
Falsafa is a love story as well as a satire. Though the story and novel are based in the ‘60s and ‘70s, they have been adapted in today’s context. Inspired by R.K. Narayan’s novel Bachelor of Arts and Manto’s story License

Horniman Circle Garden – 8pm: CHANDU KI CHACHI
The play is about Chandu, an orphan who is brought up by his aunt. He is completely devoted to her and wants to fulfill all the dreams she has for him. But, slowly this devotion and obedience takes a dangerous turn when it borders on obsessive behavior.

Saturday, 7th May
Prithvi Theatre – 11am & 4pm: PETER PAN

With Kumud Mishra, Faezeh Jalali, Kashin Shetty, Preetika Chawla, Divyang Thakkar and others.

NCPA Experimental Theatre – 7pm: KABULIWALA LAUT AAYA
Directed by Ramesh Talwar.

Horniman Circle Garden – 8pm: MAMTAZ BHAI PAATANGWALE
There was nothing that Bikki loved more than to fly kites. And there was no one he idolized more than Mamtaz Bhai, the greatest kite-flyer in the world!

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: RAFTA RAFTA
The wedding feast is over and his father's dancing the bhangra, but the groom himself is busy on the net, and when it's time for bed, he's so woefully inhibited by the proximity of his parents, let alone his brother's childish pranks, that his beautiful virgin bride remains just that. Six weeks later, the whole family starts to panic.

Sunday, 8th May
Prithvi Theatre – 11am & 4pm: PETER PAN

Directed by Hidaayat Sami.

NCPA Experimental Theatre – 6pm: RAAVANLEELA
In an amateurish Ramleela of a small town, the situation becomes chaotic because of the involvement of all untrained members of society enacting characters from the Ramayana. In the process, the situation turns hilarious when boisterous Kartar Singh turns Ramleela into Ravanleela and refuses to die if his demands of a fee hike are not met. The organiser apologises for this premature ending. He is pelted with tomatoes, etc. Ramleela in the end turns out to be a true Ravanleela.


Horniman Circle Garden – 8pm: MAMTAZ BHAI PAATANGWALE

There was nothing that Bikki loved more than to fly kites. And there was no one he idolized more than Mamtaz Bhai, the greatest kite-flyer in the world!

Tata Theatre – 8pm: TUMHARI AMRITA
Shabana Azmi and Farroukh Shaikh, play two performers who read the love letters written to each other by two people over a span of 35 years.

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: RAFTA RAFTA
With Abir Abrar, Kshitee Jog, Ahlam Khan, Adhaar Khurana, Akarsh Khurana, Faisal Rashid and others.

Tuesday, 10th May
Prithvi Theatre – 4 & 7pm: TWO BLIND MICE
The play is an adaptation of scene 1 of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”. Vladimir and Estragon wait under a tree for a person named Godot. While they wait, they sing, dance, talk about random things, play games, argue and meet Pozzo and Lucky, who are passing through. The question is will Godot ever arrive?

Wednesday, 11th May
Prithvi Theatre – 4 & 7pm: TWO BLIND MICE
Adapted and Directed by Chandan Roy Sanyal.

Thursday, 12th May
Prithvi Theatre – 4 & 7pm: …ABOUT RAM
The play starts with Ram sitting by the sea looking across at Lanka where Sita is held captive. It follows Rama and Hanuman's journey to Lanka and traces the story till the end of the war. The performance uses puppets, masks, animation and dance to create a visual spectacle for children and adults.

NCPA Experimental Theatre – 7pm: BY GEORGE!
Motley’s new production is a collection of three short pieces by George Bernard Shaw.

Friday, 13th May
Prithvi Theatre – 4 & 7pm: …ABOUT RAM
A Katkatha Puppets Art Trust Presentation.

NCPA Experimental Theatre – 7pm: BY GEORGE!
With Kenny Desai, Anand Tiwari, Imaad Shah, Trishla Patel, Faisal Rashid and Aahana Kumra.

Saturday, 14th May
Prithvi Theatre – 11am & 4pm: MAMTAJ BHAI PAATANGWALE
Written and Directed by Manav Kaul.

NCPA Experimental Theatre – 4 & 7pm: BY GEORGE!
The centre piece is Village Wooing, Shaw's comediettina “for two voices in three scenes” preceded by the one-act play How he lied to her Husband and a longish poem, English Pronounciation which deals with the peculiarities of spoken English, while the two short plays are affectionate satires on the processes of wooing and wedding, and their.

Mysore Association Theatre – 4pm: SUAR CHALA SPACE KO
A hilarious play about a smelly pig who travels to outer space!!

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: PARK
Any park. In just about anywhere. With three regular benches .And three Men. Just any men, squabble about the choicest of seats.

Sunday, 15th May
Prithvi Theatre – 11am & 4pm: MAMTAJ BHAI PAATANGWALE
An Aranya Presentation.

NCPA Experimental Theatre – 4 & 7pm: BY GEORGE!
Directed by Nasserruddin Shah.

Tata Theatre – 7pm: FAMOUS LAST WORDS
Anil Shah is a critically acclaimed writer. The problem is, he hasn’t written a word in five years. Faced with an unexpected turn of events, he finds his only help coming from his ex-wife. But the help comes with a catch: to clean up his act and finish the novel he promised his publishers.

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: PARK
With Shubhrojyoti, Sumeet Vyas, Gopal Tewari, Choiti Ghosh and Kshipra Jain.

Tuesday, 17th May
Prithvi Theatre – 4 & 7pm: SUAR CHALA SPACE KO
Written and Directed by Shaili Sathyu.

Wednesday, 18th May
Prithvi Theatre – 4 & 7pm: KYUN KYUN LADKI

How often do children ask questions and actually get answers from adults? And how often do adults enter the magical world of questions? A performance that celebrates the thrill of ‘WHY?’ A story of three children performed through dance and movement.

Thursday, 19th May
Prithvi Theatre – 4 & 7pm: WONDERLAND – THE ALICE AND DON QUIXOTE STORY

A Ranga Theatre Presentation.

Friday, 20th May
Prithvi Theatre – 4 & 7pm: WONDERLAND – THE ALICE AND DON QUIXOTE STORY

Wonderland is a combination of two well-known and enthralling tales. Alice, an adventurous little girl, and Don Quixote, a day dreaming, middle-aged Spanish gentleman, meet each other in the Queen’s Palace. Their exciting story unfolds as they set out to destroy the ego of Manhattan’s king and queen.

Mysore Association Theatre – 4pm: ARMS AND THE MAN
With the conviction that children should not be exposed only to low comedy in the theatre, Motley is attempting Bernard Shaw's satire on war and heroism.

Saturday, 21st May
Prithvi Theatre – 11am, 4 & 9pm: ARMS AND THE MAN

With Faezeh Jalali, Ratna Pathak Shah, Shivani Tanksale, Amit Sial, Saahil Vaid, Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda.

Mysore Association Theatre – 4pm: MAMTAZ BHAI PAATANGWALE
There was nothing that Bikki loved more than to fly kites. And there was no one he idolized more than Mamtaz Bhai, the greatest kite-flyer in the world!

NCPA Experimental Theatre – 7pm: AAJ RANG HAI
Nothing in the neighbourhood escapes Beni’s, a baithak singer of the erstwhile riyaasats, counsel. She may not be very educated but does dip into the treasure trove of her knowledge of history of Indian classical music and comes up with interesting vignettes to underline her statements.

Tata Theatre – 7:30pm: ONE OUT OF SIX
One Out of Six claims to be one of the funniest plays written in the history of the English theatre. It deals with a self serving, pompous dry cleaner who is forced to re-evaluate his life when his wife rebels against his ways by running off with his own brother.

Sunday, 22nd May
Prithvi Theatre – 11am, 4 & 9pm: ARMS AND THE MAN

Directed by Naseeruddin Shah.

Mysore Association Theatre – 6pm: A SPECIAL BOND
A boy from the city goes on a journey to an ancestral world in a hill station, where he has many adventures and makes new and interesting friends.

NCPA Experimental Theatre – 7pm: AAJ RANG HAI
With Seema Pahwa, Ehlam Khan, Trishla Patel, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, Ali Fazal, Imran Rashid, Preetika Chawla, Prerna Chawla, Pawan Uttam
and others.

Tata Theatre – 6:30pm: AAPNA-E-AAPNA
The play
explores the deep-rooted belief that blood is thicker than water and that family ties can never quite be broken.

Tuesday, 24th May
NCPA Experimental Theatre – 7:30pm: THE INTERVIEW
A bright, young man, holding his resume close, waits nervously at the reception of one of the country’s largest corporations. Moments later he is called in for his job interview. But nothing he learnt in college, university or his last few jobs has prepared him for what comes next – perhaps the most unusual and challenging hour of his life. But he is keen to make it through this. After all, it is a job to die for.

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: DINNER WITH FRIENDS
This is a play about four friends; two married couples. We see both couples at different ages and stages of their lives, and we witness the effects of the breakup of one couple on the other, who first feel compelled to choose sides, and then begin to question the strength of their own seemingly tranquil marriage.

Wednesday, 25th May
NCPA Experimental Theatre – 7:30pm: A GUY THING

Lino and Mitch, a mis-matched pair of strangers find themselves stranded in a hunting cabin during a storm. Unable to leave (the phone’s dead, the car engine’s flooded) it turns out that they aren’t here by mere happenstance. During their tumultuous day together, the two explore what defines being a man, the value of emotional intimacy, the lies we tell each other and the lies we tell ourselves.

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: DINNER WITH FRIENDS
With Tisca Chopra, Vinay Jain, Perizaad Zorabiarani, Joy Sengupta and others.

Thursday, 26th May
NCPA Experimental Theatre – 7:30pm: ABHI NA JAO CHHOD KAR
When Sweety, an aspiring actress, messes up an audition, she thinks all is lost. But she meets Vipul, a producer, who is kind, considerate and affectionate – if only temporarily. He escorts her home, stays a while, but when he wants to leave, he finds the door is locked and his host is actually holding him hostage.

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: DINNER WITH FRIENDS
Directed by Feroz Abbas Khan.

Friday, 27th May
Mysore Association Theatre – 4pm: DAY I MET THE PRINCE
The Little Prince from Planet BB88 has a strange problem. He has a rose and a goat on his planet. He loves them both. But how to protect the rose from being eaten up by the goat???

NCPA Experimental Theatre – 7:30pm: CLASSIC MILDS PART 2

Five new short pieces written by master playwrights. After the success of the first set of pieces, the same five directors return (Hussain Dalal, Akarsh Khurana, Siddharth Kumar, Tahira Nath and Hidaayat Sami) with new pieces written between 1875 and 1975.

Prithvi Theatre – 9pm: DINNER WITH FRIENDS
A Moving Platform Presentation.

Saturday, 28th May
Prithvi Theatre – 11am: DAY I MET THE PRINCE
A Working Title Presentation.

Mysore Association Theatre – 4pm: TWO BLIND MICE
The play is an adaptation of scene 1 of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”. Vladimir and Estragon wait under a tree for a person named Godot. While they wait, they sing, dance, talk about random things, play games, argue and meet Pozzo and Lucky, who are passing through. The question is will Godot ever arrive?

NCPA Experimental Theatre – 4 & 7:30pm: WHAT THE BUTLER SAW

Dr. Prentice, a psychiatrist, attempts to seduce his attractive prospective secretary, Geraldine Barclay, convincing her that she must undress for a job interview. However, his wife enters quite unexpectedly, which starts off a series of crazy events as the doctor tries to cover up and clean up the mess.

Prithvi Theatre – 3 & 5:30pm: DINNER WITH FRIENDS

This is a play about four friends; two married couples. We see both couples at different ages and stages of their lives, and we witness the effects of the breakup of one couple on the other, who first feel compelled to choose sides, and then begin to question the strength of their own seemingly tranquil marriage.

Sunday, 29th May
Prithvi Theatre – 11am: ONCE UP A TIGER!
Will fairy tales in the near future begin, “Once Upon a Tiger …! Will the tiger too be heard of only in stories, never to be seen again? The tiger is dying – what does that mean to us? The play takes you to the jungle in search of the missing tiger.

Mysore Association Theatre – 6pm: LADDOO GOPAL
Seth Laddoo Gopal was known for his miserly ways in Khajoorgarh. He was not only a miser but also a very deceptive person. One day, the villagers saw a change in his behaviour. People were foxed. What could it be? Was he for real or…?

Tata Theatre – 7:30pm: BROKEN IMAGES

This psychological thriller shows how fame and celebrity can be bestowed – and snatched away – with equal alacrity.

Prithvi Theatre – 6 & 9pm: ALL THE BEST
A story of three men who are in love with the same woman however one cannot see, other cannot speak and the third cannot hear.

Monday, 30th May
18 Anukool – 7:30pm: GREAT TEXT READING

An informal reading of George Bernard Shaw's 'Mrs. Warren's Profession'