Bedtime Story

Riverside Archives

This event has occurred in the past

Nautanki Theatre

Bedtime Story


Lennox Theatre


04 June - 06 June 2015

An engaging plot based on an ancient epic story mixed with humour and a parallel story line.

Bedtime Story is based on the Indian Epic, the Mahabharata. Set in ancient India the Mahabharata tells a story about the deadly enmity between two royal families, the Kauravas and the Pandavas who were cousins. While the Pandavas were India’s greatest warrior heroes, their side was favoured and supported by Lord Krishna; the presiding deity of The Mahabharata and India’s most human and beloved God. Each of the acts of Bedtime Story is based on well-known episodes from The Mahabharata.

Mahabharat’s Dharmaraj, Bheem, Arjun and Drupadi meet today’s Raj, Bimal, Arun and Rupali in the parallel plot of Bedtime Story.

Queen mother Gandhari confronts God Krishna asking questions that were never addressed in the ancient epic.

Nagarkar’s play relates various politically motivated actions around the world camouflaged as nationalism.

Dates & Times:
Thursday 4 June 8pm
Friday 5 June 8pm
Saturday 6 June 3pm


Kiran Nagarkar

Director and Design:
Joyraj Bhattacharjee

Neel Banerjee

Stage Manager:
Daniela Fracarossi

Nautanki Theatre

Lighting Designer:
Sagar Agashe

Alex Acosta
Avantika Tomar
Aviral Mohan
Bilal Masood
Bobby Mallick
Chira Fernando Jr
Dixit Thakkar
Naveen Robert
Neel Banerjee
Sadiq Rehmani
Sanjeev Raja
Rhea Daithankar
Vikas Sehgal
Warren Thompson

Production & Assistant Director:
Jeff He

Assistant Stage Manager:
Chantal Roberts

Front of House:
Preeti Thadani

Rasa Arts Marketing

“Such a relentless, honest play I’ve never read in contemporary literature. For purpose and vision, I can only think of the greatest parallels–King Lear for instance.” – Dr Harold Blodgett

“Kiran Nagarkar converts the Mahabharata into powerful theatre in a play that jolts us into thinking again about beliefs we consider sacred.” – Nayantara Sehgal

“It is a finely written, very disturbing play and that in an era of the theatre when it is very hard to disturb audiences.”– Peter Thompson

Ticket Options

Adult $35
Concession $30
Group 10+ $32
Transaction fees apply
Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $3.30


Approximately 2 hours

Explore more Riverside shows

#poetrydebate: Who Takes the Crown?

Two of the Festival’s most exciting poets square off for #poetrydebate with moderators and youth curators Sina Aghamofid, Ali Al Haj and Layla Mkhayber.

Big Bad Wolf

With plenty of audience interaction, this hilarious, table-turning production will reintroduce the Big Bad Wolf as a vegetarian, poetry-writing, people person.


A sizzling Latin concert led by Multi Grammy Award Winner, Marlow Rosado.  Witness  jaw-dropping choreography and unbelievably sexy dance routines, performed by some the World’s Best Latin Dancers