Episode 2: Abhishek Majumdar

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Abhishek Majumdar is an Indian playwright and director whose plays have been performed around the world.

Having previously collaborated on Pha La at the Royal Court, he and Debbie discuss internationalism, having your work repeatedly banned, and his hopes for theatre in the future.

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This episode's guest: Abhishek Majumdar

As writer, theatre includes: Pha-La (Royal Court); The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court & Writers’ Bloc Festival, Mumbai/Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Festival, Bangalore/Hamilton Fringe Festival, Ontario); The Ocean (Royal Court); Pratidwandi [adaptation] (& Dharwad Theatre Festival), Lucknow ‘76 (& Alliance Francaise, Bangalore), Harlesden High Street (& Tara Arts), An Arrangement of Shoes (& Cock Tavern/Theatre503/Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Exeter Fringe Festival/Acoustic Arts Festival), Niharika, Dweepa (Ranga Shankara, Bangalore); Land of Ups & Downs (Headstart Academy, Bangalore); Linea Historica/The Prophet (Festival Internacionale de Dramaturgia, Buenos Aires); 399 (Climate Change Theatre Action).

As director, other theatre includes: Waterlines [adaptation] (National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore); Gasha (Prithvi, Mumbai/Ranga Shankara/Tour); Thook (Deutsch Schauspielhaus, Hamburg/Ranga Shankara/Goethe Institut, Bangalore/Carriage House, Hartford/Yale); Treadmill (Ranga Shankara/Jagriti, Bangalore/Prithvi/Tour); #supernova (Deutsch Schauspielhaus, Freiburg/Goethe Institut/Theater Freiburg); Tathagat (Jan Natya Manch, Delhi); Eidgah ke Jinnat (Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur).

As writer/director, other theatre includes: Rizwaan (FTII Pune/Ranga Shankara); Kaumudi, Afterlife of Birds, Muktidham (Ranga Shankara/Prithvi/Tour).


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