AHA! International Theatre Festival brings troupes and artistes from across the globe
Ranga Shankara is back with the AHA! International Theatre Festival for Children, which is in its eighth edition. Helmed by founder and veteran actor, Arundathi Nag, this year’s edition will see nine plays being staged over nine days, starting Saturday.
Bringing together groups from Germany, Israel, South Korea and Netherlands, apart from Bengaluru and Chennai, the festival kicks off with Kannada play 86000 Sekendugalu. Directed by Adithee Biswas, the piece is based on the writing of Martin Balscheit (in German) and deals with the life of a mayfly, which typically lives for just a day. The underlying theme is the importance of time and how one can live a full life even in under 24 hours.
A fun and experimental piece, Oopicassoo, to be performed on the second day is by Theatre for Young Audiences in Meunster, Germany and is directed by Julia Dina Hesse. The work takes inspiration from painter Pablo Picasso, who constantly reinvented himself. Exploring another side to painting, the audience will be left with colourful pictures and interesting stories. “This year, there’s a lot of colour, bright lights and interesting productions. It’s going to be a very experiential festival,” shares Surendranath S, artistic director of Ranga Shankara.
Presented by Theatergezelschap Bonte Hond from The Netherlands, Aaipet addresses a relevant social issue, that is apt for adults as well. Directed by Rene Geerlings, the plot revolves around an iPad that decides to go rogue, presenting viewers with the billion-dollar question, “Do we control technology or does technology control us?’
Also in the mix are a feature film, The Way Home and a puppet show by The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust, Delhi. While the former follows the life of a young boy, Sang-Woo who is left to live with his grandmother in a remote village, the latter is based on The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
July 16-24. At JP Nagar.
Tickets (Rs 200) on bookmyshow.com
— Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo