Theatre Science @ National Centre for Biologial Sciences

“Amol’s Stories” and “The Clearing”
 “A free performance of works in progress”

 Sunday, February 8 at 5:00pm
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road (near Chalukya Hotel)
The evening will feature performances of the first draft of “Amol’s Stories”, and the first 30 minutes of “The Clearing”. The goal is to get feedback on the pieces, so you’re encouraged to stay for the discussion after.

 

 

The project is the third co-production between the UK based project ‘Theatrescience’ and the new theatre in Bangalore, Jagriti, (due to open later this year). It began on the 12th of Jan when an ‘intercultural’ theatre company, comprising of 10 Indian theatre practitioners, and 4 British, began a residency at the National Centre of Biological Studies, Bangalore. The joint theatre company was invited to freely access all NCBS laboratories and lectures, and was guided by the NCBS project partner, Professor Mukund Thattai. Specifically Mukund, having been the scientific partner on a previous co-production, ‘Invisible River’ by Gautam Raja, (RangaShanka, Bangalore and Lillian Baylis Studio London), was able to point out areas which he thought may be the most inspirational for drama. Alongside visits to lectures and labs, the company invited scientists, researchers and students to join rehearsals and discuss potential ideas for new plays. (In return for the scientist’s extreme generosity, the company hopes to run workshops for students on presentation and voice skills). The first week therefore was mainly spent in seminars/discussions/presentations with resident scientists about their specific areas of work, including:

Dr. Suhel Quader – Evolutionary ecology and environmental conservation.
Dr. Sumantra Chattarji – Plasticity in the amygdala: implications for stress disorders and memory loss
Dr. S Jain – Genetics of Mental disease.
Prof Mukund Thattai (Theatrescience Associate) – Dynamics and evolution of living networks.

Other meetings were also held with a number of PhD students and NCBS associate scientists. Members of the joint company continued to visit laboratories and join in with various NCBS social activities, (including football).

The company would like to say a huge thank you to NCBS scientists who have been very enthusiastic and whose brilliance and generosity have very humbling. Also special thank to Mukund and to NCBS Director, K VijayRaghavan, for their faith and support of the project.

The company have now split in two and will be concentrating on two main subject areas , they will work towards work-in-progress theatre presentations at NCBS and the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Theatre on the 8th of Feb.

The bunch of Scientists and ACTORS @ NCBS

The bunch of Scientists and ACTORS @ NCBS

Mrs and Mr Raja with Mukund

Mrs and Mr Raja with Mukund

The workshop at Vidya Niketan School

The workshop at Vidya Niketan School

The Workshop at British Council

The Workshop at British Council

Post - workshop Discussion

Post - workshop Discussion

Week 1


Mukund welcoming us into the Teaching lab - our home for one month

Mukund welcoming us into the Teaching lab - our home for one month

The Story telling session in progress

The Story telling session in progress

Rajneesh describing the changes occuring in the brain due to stress

Rajneesh describing the changes occuring in the brain due to stress

Applying Physics???

Applying Physics???

Dr. Sanjeev Jain sharing his experiences and sharing his wealth of knowledge

Dr. Sanjeev Jain sharing his experiences and sharing his wealth of knowledge

Group 1


The Unforgettable 'Memory' Group

The Unforgettable 'Memory' Group

Amol with his wonderful stories

Amol with his wonderful stories

The Director and Writer overlooking the proceedings

The Director and Writer overlooking the proceedings

The treatment of Chronic Childhood PTSD, the resulting disruption to neural pathways – memory loss, memory avoidance – and the conflict between how it is likely to be treated in the US/UK and India.
“Amol’s Stories”, for young people, is based on scientific input from Dr. Sumantra Chattarji and his students. It looks at post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is devised by the actors Richard Pepper, Sukhita Aiyar and Dayaprasad Kulkarni, directed by Rebecca Gould, and written by Jeff Teare.
Group 2
Lepus nigricollis

Lepus nigricollis

Lantana!!!!

Lantana!!!!

Lantana again

Lantana again

The ethnobotanical issues around Lantana, India’s ‘worst’ floral invasive species, originally introduced by the British as an ornamental plant and which now presents a huge threat to the Indian forest eco systems.
The play for adults, called “The Clearing”, is based on scientific input from Dr. Suhel Quader and his students in the area of “Causes and consequences of invasions: the ecology and evolution of invasive species” and ecological input from Ramesh Kannan of the NGO A Tree. Lantana, said to be one of the world’s most invasive weeds, lurks in the background as a character in this work-in-progress. It has been written by Gautam Raja, with dramaturgy by Jeff Teare, input from actors, Naveen Kumar J., Shereen Martineau, Nandini Rao, Ruchika Chanana and Raza Hussain, and directed by Arundhati Raja.
 
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