A rehearsed reading of Parvathy Raveendran's play
'The Witches', directed by Abhishek Majumdar and performed by Cathy Laby, Surabhi Herur, Nishant Seth, Tony Xavier, Abhijit Pakrashi, Ajay Kshatriya and Sunayna Premchander. Sound: Abhijit Pakrashi and Nishant Seth.
'The Witches' is a play in nine scenes that unfolds as a series of dream sequences—memories re-enacted in the mind of the protagonist as she confronts an intense episode of her childhood. The narrative shifts in time between the 1970s in Kerala and the present day. Exploring the themes of love and its abuse, madness and sanity, history and memory, it draws references from literature, myth, and history to negotiate these ideas, and relies on a stage design based on the game of hopscotch to play them out.
PARVATHY RAVEENDRAN is a writer and theatre enthusiast who currently teaches at Head Start Educational Academy in Bangalore. While a student at the Department of English in the University of Delhi she was awarded a Charles Wallace grant in 2010 for travel and research in the UK. Over the past years her growing interest in theatre has led her to explore various facets of theatre making—from writing and directing to nonverbal languages of performance as an actor. She looks forward to a long-term and more holistic engagement with theatre, integrating elements from her other interests such as art history and the visual arts, dance and pedagogy.