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THALI A THEATRICAL PLATTER OF SHORT PLAYS


Directed by Ahi Karunaharan with Monica Mahendru
presented by Prayas

at TAPAC Theatre, Western Springs, Auckland
From 3 Mar 2013 to 8 Mar 2013



Reviewed by:  Shirin Brown;

From the company that brought you last year's critically acclaimed production of ‘Rudali' and ‘Kingdom of Cards', Auckland Indian theatre company Prayas presents ‘Thali'. - A platter of sizzling short plays as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival.

Like the fragrant mix of spices, aromas and flavors that make up a Thali, an Indian meal made up of various dishes, come and experience Prayas' latest theatrical feast of short plays. Directed by Ahi Karunaharan (The Mourning After, Public Service Announcements) with Monica Mahendru (Short+Sweet, Rudali), this eclectic mix will be served on a single plate at TAPAC, Western Springs, 3 – 8 March 2013.

Breaking away from full length format, the season of Thali will allow our audience to explore, experiment and experience a different format of storytelling, utilizing a various range of theatrical conventions and styles to present these stories from emerging and established Indian playwrights from India and the world beyond.

Balti Kings by Sudha Bhuchar and Shaheen Khan peeks into the lives of the luckless wage-slaves of the kitchen as they prepare for one epic showdown of a night.

‘Welcome to the world of Balti, where Indian restaurants ruthlessly compete for custom, curry wars rage with price slashing and chefs poached like rugby players whilst you the customer can pile your plate and ‘curryoke' into the night.'

My Name is Cine-Ma by Mathivanan Rajendran looks at a young girl who loves the Celluloid a little more than she should. A multi award winning play.

‘She skipped school and learnt her life lessons from the movies. She comes now to give you a lesson or two on the lure that is Indian Cine-ma.'

P James for President by Nikhil Sriram forays into the world of illusions, magic and politics as P James and his trusty side kicks pull all the tricks in their bag to campaign for P James for President.

‘The president of this country has always been seen as a person who shies away from the public glare.… but I'm none of that. I'm used to the spotlight. In fact its only when the light is on that I truly revel in my life” What will be his first act as President?

Prayas is a non-profit theatre group engaged in producing original Indian theatre in English, for the wider audience of New Zealand - in an attempt to share, integrate with and enhance the cultural mosaic of Aotearoa. It has a six-year record of plays to its credit now, has reached out to the Auckland theatre community and involves players and crew of many different ethnicities.

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to www.aucklandfringe.co.nz  

Thali
3rd, 4th, 5th March 2013 – 7.30pm, 8th March 2013 – 8.30pm
Duration: 75 mins
Venue: TAPAC, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs
Tickets: Adults $20, Concessions, Children and Groups: $15
Bookings: TAPAC - www.tapac.org.nz or ph 09 845 0295