Though Bollywood still rules the roost when it comes to entertainment and recently, there have been quite good movies that have been running to full houses recently but there is another spark of entertainment specially, Indian entertainment market. Theatre is raising its head against the mighty Bollywood movies. I would call it pure and quality entertainment where there is no take or retake and the acting skills come to the fore. In Sydney, we long for such treats.
After a long hiatus, Nautanki, basking under five years’ of show business in Parramatta brings to the community their latest production Last dance at Dum Dum to be staged from Jan 21 2016. Nautanki Theatre is an Independent Theatre Company who has been producing theatre in Parramatta in Riverside Theatre. Nautanki is proud to have Riverside Theatre’s support and strategic partnership to achieve their objectives. To refresh, community Dum Dum is the name of the Calcutta airport
The stories are presented in cross-cultural platform authenticating Western Sydney’s lifestyle. Nautanki theatre’s art-form involves CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) people and plots connect to diverse cultural identities that are contemporary and relevant to Australian society. The company’s goal is to create opportunities, train and educate actors and young students from ethnic community background in Parramatta. “While we challenge the Eurocentric theatre in Australia,” Nautanki Theatre has pioneered independent theatre movement and its strategic model has become popular in Parramatta in recent times.
Play is written by Ayub Khan-Din after his huge success of maiden play East is East in the UK. Nautanki Theatre is producing Last Dance at Dum Dum for the first time in Australia. Play is directed by Lenore Robertson. Set is designed by Antoinette Barbouttis and lighting is designed by Emma Lockhart-Wilson. The play is a dark comedy, thought provoking with a serious message to take home. This will be another trend setting effort of Nautanki Theatre that Australian Stage has never experienced.
Set in early 80s, this is a serious comedy about a vividly memorable gang of eccentrics and exotics who are attempting to come to terms with their pasts and their fears for the future. Their world is filled with Violet’s hilarious obsession with all things British, Elliot’s questionable dress sense, Daphne’s weakness for French records and the confrontational outbursts of Muriel Marsh who in spite of her ill health would do anything to defend their territory against the Hindu fundamentalists looming just behind the garden wall.
Ayub Khan-Din is a British Pakistani playwright. After the huge success of his first play, East is East, Khan-Din followed with Last Dance at Dum Dum in 1999. Last Dance at Dum Dum exudes the flavour of the Anglo-Indian lifestyle and set in an old colonial bungalow, the eponymous Dum Dum, in the early 1980’s.The characters are unique and colourful and each scene is packed with subtle humour. On one hand this play entertains its viewers; on the other hand it reveals the hard hitting reality of discrimination and raises questions about humanity versus religious extremism.
Lenore Robertson is the inaugural festival director of Short+Sweet Voices. For Epicentre Theatre Company, she has directed Daylight Saving, Harbour, Money and Friends and Midnite. For Nautanki Theatre Company, she previously directed the première performance of Indian Embrace. She was recently Associate Producer on I Am My Own Wife (Old Fitz).
Nautanki Theatre focuses on producing plays with a cross-cultural plot that has connections to the Indian subcontinent. The crisis of people being uprooted from their lands either by compelling circumstances or to fulfil human interests is as topical today as was in early 80’s when the remaining population of Anglo-Indians migrated from India to UK, Australia and rest of the world either in search of better life or forced by circumstances. The people left behind were the older and weaker generation who had to face discrimination and danger of losing what little belonged to them.