'Boy with a Suitcase' | India-Germany theatre production tours India
'Boy with a Suitcase' is a joint production of Ranga Shankara, Bangalore, India and Schnawwl Theater, Mannheim, Germany, touring to Bangalore (17-21 Apr), Chennai (22 Apr), Pune (25 Apr) and Mumbai (27-28 Apr).
The joint production was funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation / Wanderlust Fund
and developed through collaborative workshops with a German-Indian ensemble.
The play premièred in Germany in April 2011 and ran in Bangalore in June 2011 and received rave reviews in both the countries. Directed by Andrea Gronemeyer, the play has an Indo-German cast and crew creating a seamless blend of two cultures through their energy and control on stage as well as an enchanting musical score that they create. It has been invited by the Goethe-Institut to tour 4 cities in India during the year of Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities.
The young actors’ group of the Nationaltheater Mannheim
and the Ranga Shankara Theatre in Bangalore
collaborated on a theatre project that highlights the different worlds of Mannheim and Bangalore – two cities which have been shaped by industrial migration. In their collaborative project, both theatres present the challenges of co-existence and potential cultural conflicts on stage. The theatre partnership will conclude with a co-production of "Boy with a Suitcase", a modern adaptation of Sinbad by the renowned British author Mike Kenny. The German-Indian ensemble and directing team will depict the exciting journey of the boy Naz across continents and oceans on his way to Europe. Prior to the co-production, the Indian and German ensembles will hold guest performances and participate in joint workshops in order to acquaint themselves with the working methods and techniques of the other ensemble. 'Boy with a Suitcase' is a joint production of Ranga Shankara, Bangalore, India and Schnawwl Theater, Mannheim, Germany, touring to Bangalore (17-21 Apr), Chennai (22 Apr), Pune (25 Apr) and Mumbai (27-28 Apr), programmed as part of the Germany+India 2011-2012 celebrations.