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About the play:
Mehrosh, a celebrated student activist has been invited to an isolated house in the middle of a forest to take part in a debate with a powerful political adversary from the ruling party. It’s a chance to make her voice heard. Fearful of the coming conflict, surrounded by eerie shadows and mysterious noises, and increasingly uncertain of what she is told, Mehrosh starts to feel a growing paranoia that the people around her are not what they seem…
Phantasmagoria explores the dangers of divisive politics and unbridled social media to show how fear can be manufactured and manipulated with chilling consequences.
The dense text with its strong characters will be presented in April 2021 during the GLOBAL Festival of the independent Munich Teamtheater Tankstelle, together with other plays from Bavaria’s partner region Karnataka in India. The translation from English into German is supported by the Indian Embassy in Berlin and the Indian Councili for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
About the playwright:
Deepika Arwind is a theatremaker, playwright and performer based out of Bangalore, India. She works as the Artistic Director of The Lost Post Initiative (TLPI), a theatre and performing arts collective that works with diverse artists, largely around gender and women on stage.
She is a scholar of the Internationales Forum at Theatretreffen 2018, and presented her work at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2016 and Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Berlin 2018.
She has won and been nominated for several awards for her work, including The Hindu Playwright Award, the Stückemarkt Prize at Theatretreffen, and the Toto Award.
Her current touring works nationally and internationally are No Rest in the Kingdom (produced by Sandbox Collective) and i am not here (supported by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore).
Her previous works, among others, include A Brief History of Your Hair (supported by India Foundations for the Arts) and Nobody Sleeps Alone.
She is author of the children’s book Sarayu (published by Le Cosmographe Éditions, France, 2018).