Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


The Return Of The Honest Thief

The Return Of The Honest Thief

Prayas Theatre Company and TAPAC present an uproarious comedy CHARANDAS CHOR
Written by Habib Tanvir. Directed by Margaret-Mary Hollins and Ahi Karunaharan.

Regarded as their flagship work upon its debut in 2005, Prayas Theatre Company returns with this comedy -a work full of scandal, corruption and rural charm – perfect themes during an election year.

Charandas Chor: The Honest Thief comes back to Auckland from June 25th – 29th at TAPAC, with a lively fresh look at this Indian classic folk tale with an outstanding ensemble cast of 26 including live musicians with an original score.

Charandas the Chor is a charming thief who lives by duping and dodging the law. Despite this he is curiously a man of principles and loved by none other than the queen! Through his acts and deeds, “The Honest Thief” exposes the double standards of established institutions – religion, the state and class hierarchies.

The peak of playwright Habib Tanvir’s exploratory phase, Charandas Chor bucked conventions and redefined Indian theatre. Creating brand new idioms by bridging classic Indian stories with a contemporary flavour and using simple techniques his play retains a timeless quality, relevant to all.

Charandas Chor successfully brought rustic rural folk theatre to the urban audience; leaving an everlasting impression and earning the playwright the opportunity to present the work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1982, picking up the Fringe Firsts Award.

Adapted for English speaking audiences and staying as rooted to the original as possible, Prayas’ 2005 debut of this work marked the launching pad for the company. It managed to captivate Aucklanders with its blend of colourful costumes, rhythmic folk tunes and dances, vibrancy and, most of all, its earnest attempt at challenging the audience with questions on the existing social value base.

The company has gone from strength to strength over the nine years since, providing New Zealand with stories that resonate with audiences. Those audiences, in turn, have grown with each new production that bursts with energy with each tale presented – thus making Prayas both a continued success story and a treasure within New Zealand’s theatrical community.

“Prayas has established an authentic community based theatre that offers a rare opportunity to experience the vigorous folk culture that sustains India's performance traditions.”
– NZ Herald

“…honest, passionate, and insightful; an overwhelmingly moving experience”
– Theatrescenes (Rudali The Mourner)

CHARANDAS CHOR plays
25th – 29th June 2014 - Wed- Sat at 7.30 pm and matinée at 3 pm on Sat and Sun
TAPAC, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Tickets: $25 and $ 20 for group bookings of six and more
Bookings through TAPAC – www.tapac.org.nz or 09 845 0295 ext 1


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Don’t Eat The Fish

On 'The Catch' by Michael Field What the ecologically edible lists don’t appear to take into account – and they should – is slavery... It’s not an easy read, but it’s definitely near the top of my listicle of “5 Political Books You Must Read This Year”. More>>

ALSO:

Caracals: Small Cats With Big Ears Arrive At Wellington Zoo

Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Monarchy: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Expecting Second Child

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. More>>

ALSO:

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news