Mahua - a rehearsed reading
Birsa is an aspiring tribal leader who finds his world turned upside down when a hunting expedition goes wrong.
Set in the village of Bihaband in the state of Orissa, the play depicts a family pitted against a mining industry that has claimed their land and uprooted an entire culture.
Directed by Caitlin McLeod.
Akash Mohimen is a young writer and filmmaker originally from Jamshedpur, but now based in Mumbai. He has written four plays including two childrenâ€™s plays: The Mighty Mirembayanna and The Prisoners of Peace and a musical Hattamala. He took part in the Royal Court/Rage workshops in 2010 and 2011. He wrote his fourth play Mahua at the workshop and it has been produced at Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai and in many parts of India as part of the Writers Bloc Festival produced by Rage Theatre in 2012. It is written in Hindi.
“Watch the video”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1yuntdytXA:new-window with playwright Akash Mohimen talking about her play, when it was performed as part of the Writers BlocFestival in Mumbai.
Mahua is part of the “New Plays from India”: www.royalcourttheatre.com/season/new-plays-from-india:new-window season.
International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project
With additional support from The Charles Wallace India Trust
New Plays from India is developed in collaboration with Rage Productions, Mumbai with support from the British Council
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