WE ARE BACK! It is that time of the year once again! The annual flagship Children’s Theatre production is on, and we open as usual around Children’s Day – November 14. This year we tackle a Danish folk tale, recreating the Danish theatre tradition on the Bangalore stage. Of course it will be a big bang production, about twenty shows, taken around to schools, with dual casting and all.
The play will be co-directed by Vijay Padaki and Shatarupa Bhattacharyya.
Interested? Welcome! Read the synopsis below. Here is what you can do.
The original is called Jeppe of the Hill. It is by the foremost dramatist of Denmark, Ludvig Holberg, a contemporary of Moliere in France, and a prolific writer in his time in several genres. The story in Bellyful has a lovable rascal called Jeppe with a weakness for the bottle. His wife Nille has to be after him all the time. She does this most effectively with a whip that she uses unhesitatingly. It is not clear if the whip leads Jeppe to the bottle, or it’s the bottle that leads to the whipping. One day when he has passed out from one too many, a nobleman passing by decides to play a prank on him. Jeppe is taken to the manor on a hill, dressed in fine clothes and put on a luxurious bed. When Jeppe wakes up he is made to believe that he is the Lord of the Manor. What happens thereafter is best seen on the stage as a truly comic tale from a master storyteller. The social commentary in the play is not to be missed.