Seven Ruskin Bond stories woven into a playa��for the first time ever
Our elementary school syllabus has ensured a delightful staple of Ruskin Bond favourites, giving stories like Mr Olivera��s Diary, Panthera��s Moon and The Blue Umbrella a warm familiarity for many. It is no wonder then that Crea-Shakthi should chose the Mussoorie-based authora��s works for the stage adaptation, Bonding with Ruskin, as part of the second edition of theirA� Spotlight Initiative. This is a 45-day rigorous workshop to turn amateur theatre artistes into professionals. a�?His stories have this element of magical realism. Whata��s more, they are something everyone can identify witha��popular across all ages,a�? explains the theatre groupa��s co-founder and director of the play, Dushyanth Gunashekar. However, he is tight-lipped about the stories. a�?Wea��re not saying anything. The audience, after watching the play, will have to guess what they are,a�? he says.
The sets have been designed in-house and the play will also have live music by the KM Conservatory. But for the 15-member team, the biggest challenge was adapting the stories to suit the stage. a�?Wea��ve used devised theatrea��a form of improvisational theatrea��for the first time in a full length play,a�? explains Gunashekar.
Therea��s more. The author himself is slated to come down to the city for one of the performances.
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Devising a script
In devised theatre, the script is the product of a collaborative effort by the cast and crew. a�?This gives us more perspectivesa��especially for stories like this that are not drama-friendly, but which gives us variety,a�? says Gunashekar.