Wednesday, 27 June 2012

वाचिकम - Vachikam

Fanatika Theatre Club with the support of the TransIndus Foundation introduces a new monthly programme: Vachikam. Every fourth or last Tuesday of the month will have a theatrical reading session from 7:00 pm onwards at the Gujarati Sahitya Parishad.

“God of Carnage”, originally Le Dieu du Carnage (French) by Yasmina Reza. Before the play begins, two 11-year-old children, Benjamin and Henry (Ferdinand Reille and Bruno Houllié (in the original French version), get involved in argument because Henry refuses to let Benjamin join his 'gang'. Benjamin knocks out two of Henry's teeth with a stick. That night, the parents of both children meet to discuss the matter. Benjamin's father, Alan (Alain in French), is a lawyer who is never off his mobile phone. His mother, Annette is in "wealth management" (her husband's wealth, to be precise), and consistently wears good shoes. Henry's father, Michael (Michel in French), is a self-made wholesaler with an unwell mother. Michael's wife, Veronica (Véronique in French), is writing a book about Darfur. As the evening goes on, the meeting degenerates into the four getting into irrational arguments, and their discussion falls into the loaded topics of misogyny, racial prejudice and homophobia. One of the central dramatic moments of the play occurs when Annette vomits onstage, all over the coffee table and books.

31 July 2012, Tuesday, 7:00 pm, Gujarati Sahitya Parishad

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