Abhishek Majumdar’s play is set on the High Street in Harlesden, an area populated mostly by immigrant communities – Jamaicans, Poles and Pakistanis. Sometimes notorious in the press for its high crime rate, Harlesden is also home to the quiet aspirations and mundane frustrations of the working class. It is here that this play finds breath, in the voices and stories of three Pakistani immigrants – Rehaan, Karim and Ammi. Through the course of a day on Harlesden High Street, we share in the extraordinary histories and circumstances of these seemingly ordinary lives.
The President is Coming:
In March 2006, President Bush made a four-day State visit to India – the first official visit of a U.S. Head of State to the country in a long time. One of his main goals was to meet some young faces responsible for shaping “the new India”. This comedy explores the dog-eat-dog world of constant competition, reality television and short-lived fame. A world where six ambitious Indians will stop at nothing, because The President is Coming.
Fast-paced and extremely funny, the play is a mix of political satire and farce. The slapstick comedy in playwright Anuvab Pal’s script is laced with ironic wit. Staged first in 2006 as part of the Writers’ Bloc Festival in Mumbai, ‘The President is Coming’ has been a huge hit in that city, and since then has travelled to Chennai, Hyderabad and Muscat.
Swami and Friends:
The first novel of R.K. Narayan to gain international fame was Swami and Friends, the story of a young lad named Swami and his escapades with his two close friends, Rajam and Mani. More than anything else, it is a story of friendship and camaraderie. Set in late pre-Independence India in the fictitious town of Malgudi, the novel has delighted both the old and the young with its characterisation and sense of humour. The play is conceived as a seamless narrative, faithful to the novel but adapted and directed with a fresh perspective. It promises to be a delight for the Narayan fan and Narayan novice alike!
One on One:
One on One is a unique theatrical evening, bringing together Mumbai’s finest actors, written by some of India’s most talented playwrights and directed by seven of our best-known directors. These monologues and duologues in English and Hindi address subjects as varied as the state of India’s bureaucracy, the legalization of homosexuality, inedible airline food, the politics of road-naming ceremonies, the joke of Ajmal Kasab’s trial and the experience of living in a big city… stories of modern India that amuse, annoy and concern us all.
Enjoy the Fest,