‘Women’s Theatre Weekend’
20 th September to 22 nd September 2019
Presented by by Neekoee Foundation with Footlights Theatre
About Women’s Theatre Weekend
Women’s Theater Weekend celebrates narratives and performances devised by women –
Jyoti Dogra from Mumbai, Maya Rao from Delhi and the comedy collective Mahila Manch
Narratives from these devised performances travail intergalactic nebulae in questioning our
mortality and life. They also return home in examining our relationship with our children
through humour as well as our roles within society.
In bringing these performances together, we further an engagement with stories and
narratives from the perspectives of diverse women, devised and performed by them, for a
larger discerning and discursive audience of Ahmedabad.
About the Performances
Black Hole : 20th September | 6:30 pm & 9:30 pm - 90 Mins
Black hole is fascinating mix of astrophysics and our everyday life as Jyoti Dogra attempts to
build a bridge between science and the human condition. Black Hole is a 90-minute, solo,
devised theatre piece.
The narrative revolves around three characters: a couple and their terminally ill relative.
Here concepts from astrophysics entwine with personal narratives of love, loss, mortality
and experiential limits. The performance examines one’s thirst for knowledge, hunger for
experience and how the two combine to create an understanding of the universe that one
inhabits. Jyoti Dogra devised over three years, but one of things that had a deep impact on
the development of the piece was her visit to the European Organisation for Nuclear
Research (CERN) in Geneva, home to the Large Hadron Collider as part of the Pro Helvatia
Residency in June 2017.
Quality Street : 21st & 22nd September | 6:30 pm - 90 Mins
The acerbic Nigerian comedy, a relentless ping-pong between a disapproving, quick-witted
“bourgeois” mother and her US-returned, university-educated daughter deserved a cheeky
comeback notice. Rao’s daughter gives the play an appropriate poster. It has Rao as Mrs
Njoku, mother and diva, resplendent in her green costume and headgear, immensely
pleased with something she has just said.
Quality Street is a comedy and the poster credit in the corner nails the kind of funny it
intends to be. It reads: This poster is designed by a daughter for her mother for her
mother’s performance about her daughter. Rao, the mother, bullies her daughter into these
little favours. It helps that the daughter is a graphic designer. An intimate knowledge of
Rao’s work is bonus.
Mausam Badal Raha Hai : 21st September | 9:30 pm - 90 Mins
Mahila Manch is an Ahmedabad-based comedy collective of progressive minds that talks
about “difficult” and “uneasy,” issues through stand-up comedy, wit and humour. Started by
two women, Preeti Das and Shefali Pandey, MM does a theme-based monthly comedy show
in Ahmedabad called The Period Show. These themes have cantered around LGBTQ issues,
identity, rape, alcohol, female sexuality, orgasms and body shaming. In this month’s Period
Show, which is called, Mausam Badal Raha Hai, expect humour, music, intelligence, and
most of all fun, as Preeti Das and Shefali Pandey, Vasim Habib, Nancy Dixit, Raunaq Kamdar,
Daksha Dave and Bhuvan and make you laugh about all that&#39;s happening in the world of
Spoken Word Poetry – Paper Boats : 22nd September | 9:00 PM - 75 minutes
‘Paper Boats’ is a spoken word poetry event curated by a young student and poetess – Kabbyashree Dasgupta, addressing the concerns of young contemporary women poetesses residing within the heritage city of Ahmedabad.
Megha Nayar | Sonia Mishra | Achint Chhabra |Shraddha Ramani | Kabbyashree Dasgupta| Amruthavarshini | Nikita Iyer | Suchi Shah | Nirali Joisar Patel | Fauziya Dhattiwala
Total No. of Seats: 180 per show
For booking contact: 9825066880 / 6355487682