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
Director and Design:
Chira Fernando Jr
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Front of House:
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“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