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German Spotlight 2019 ‘ The Blue, Blue Sea’ at Atta Galatta
July 12 @ 7:00 pm
German Spotlight 2019 ‘ The Blue Blue Sea’ at Atta Galatta
German Spotlight is a series of dramatised readings of plays by contemporary German playwrights. Goethe-Institut Bangalore, in association with Sandbox Collective, invited theatre people to explore the large database of German language plays. The fourth and final reading in this year’s series is The Blue Blue Sea – Confessions Of A Recovering Alcoholic, written by Nis-Momme Stockmann and directed by Satchit Puranik.
About the play:
A dystopian estate in present day Germany. Social housing architecture that conveniences suicide. Drinking buddies that barely listen, neighbourhood kids that make cruel songs. Darko’s alcoholic mind takes one through the underbelly of where the misfits belong – and ‘long’ to belong. Motte -the teenager prostitute, Elle – his excuse for human company, Ulrike – Elle’s younger sister who has a crush on Darko – all of them live and survive in the same Estate. Waiting for death, while liquor gives living some semblance. The hope of a clear, dark night with glowing stars and the much promised ideal of ’the blue, blue sea’ keeps them fighting against the relentless drudgery of the impoverished human condition.
Why it was chosen:
The director was hooked onto the fact that the original German version was written as a radio play. The soundscape of the estate, the musicality of dialogue, the cyclical rhythms of structure and the succinct brevity of the English translation – all of these made it the most compelling choice. Alcoholism and its aftermath is a universal phenomenon, across classes, cultures and countries. Hence, our adaptation Confessions Of A Recovering Alcoholic where our performers create the soundscape in retrospect, of what happens when one is/was drunk! The actual beverage may be substituted by a mocktail, but what about the addiction to the ‘familiar ritual of not knowing better’?
Written by Nis-Momme Stockmann
Directed by Satchit Puranik
Cast: Bhavana Rajendran, Mario Jerome and Sachin Gurjale
Ticket: Master Class – Rs.1000/- & Intermediate Class – Rs. 1500/-
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