Classics, Footprints Festival

Mahabharata: a Modern Retelling

BY CAROLE SATYAMURTI.
DIRECTED BY JATINDER VERMA.
12 June 2021

Overview

“This is the tale of a tragic dynasty.”

The Mahabharata is a narrative of honour, hatred, courage, of virtue, love, ideals and wickedness, and of a war so terrible, it marked the threshold between one age and the next. This dramatised reading of perhaps the greatest epic in literature is performed by 12 actresses in three parts: the incredible Game of Dice which leads to a tense Exile in the Forest, culminating in The Wheel of Time.

Award-winning poet Carole Satyamurti abridges the original Sanskrit epic to create a gripping blank verse version. Director Jatinder Verma previously adapted The Mahabharata for BBC Radio 4, with Claudia Mayer; and is currently working on another version for the BBC.

 

Mahabharata: a Modern Retelling is performed in three parts. Each of The Game of Dice, Exile in the Forest and The Wheel of Time runs for 80 mins.

 

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Saturday 12 June 2.00pm
Saturday 12 June 4.30pm
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People

Shaheen Khan
Game of Dice
Sharon Singh
Game of Dice
Medhavi Patel
Game of Dice
Josephine Lloyd-Welcome
Game of Dice
Vineeta Rishi
Exile in the Forest
Harvey Virdi
Exile in the Forest
Shobna Gulati
Exile in the Forest
Goldy Notay
Exile in the Forest
Shelley King
The Wheel of Time
Sasha Behar
The Wheel of Time
Sudha Bhuchar
The Wheel of Time
Stephanie Street
The Wheel of Time

Carole Satyamurti
Adaptor
Jatinder Verma
Director
Claudia Mayer
Designer
Laura Howard
Sound Designer
James Hesford
Music Composition
Jataneel Banerjee
Music Composition


Media

“A gripping narrative, focusing on the story … Resoundingly successful.”
New Statesman