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Hear, Here! (Volume 2) - A Series of (Mildly) Rehearsed Play Readings


Mar 04 2024 to Mar 04 2024 6:30 p.m.



Bangalore International Centre

7 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

Event Description

Bangalore International Centre collaborates with the Drama Library to enliven our library calendar with the second edition of their multi-city play reading series, carefully curated and read simultaneously in two or more cities.

A play truly comes to life when it is read and heard, out loud. To this end, The Drama Library returned to Arghya Lahiri and Phalguni Vittal Rao to curate a second volume of scripts we want to hear and playwrights whose work we want to engage with more.

This week we hear, here –

Mosquitoes by Lucy Kirkwood (110 minutes with an interval)


Alice is a scientist. She lives in Geneva. As the Large Hadron particle collider starts up in 2008, she is on the brink of the most exciting work of her life, searching for the Higgs Boson. Jenny is her sister. She lives in Luton. She spends a lot of time googling. When tragedy throws them together, the collision threatens them all with chaos.

The Reading Team

Directed by Anuja Ghosalkar


Rency Philip, Bhavana Rajendran, Spatica Ramanujan, Swetanshu Bora, Samragni Dasgupta, Yamuna Kali, Veer Berry, Shashank IM, Lekha Naidu

Curators’ Note

What happens when two particles collide?

In one realm, they either bounce off each other, stick to each other or break apart into two particles. In another realm, in 2024, we find ourselves living in a world where multiple forces are trying to displace each other, resulting in an environment that feels unstable, sometimes hopeless. Collisions everywhere – of populations, ideologies, politics, and identities. The selection of plays in Hear, Here! (Vol. 2) brings together a selection of plays that reflects this. Based in part on suggestions we received from our audiences during Vol. 1, and in part a recognition of the moment we’re living through, the lineup is a snapshot of responses to seething chaos.

Vol. 2 comprises of Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq – which investigates the political mood of disillusionment under the Delhi sultan Mohammed bin Tughlaq’s rule; Keffiyeh/Made in China by Dalia Taha – which underscores life under occupation in Palestine and Western attitudes to the conflict; Scorched by Wadji Mouawad – a fiery tale of a mother who sends her two children on a quest to unravel their identity, from beyond the grave; and Lucy Kirkwood’s Mosquitoes – a spellbinding account of two sparring sisters set in the world of particle physics.

The (mildly) rehearsed readings will take place at Harkat Studios in Mumbai on alternate Mondays starting Jan 22.

And as another nod to mildness, this time in expansion, we find a home at the Bangalore International Centre in Bengaluru, for two of the plays.

The readings are free and open to all. Though if you work in the theatre, they’re especially for you.

The scripts will be available to read through January and March 2024 on www.thedramalibrary.com

– Arghya and Phalguni

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