Friday, 24 March 2017
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Well… the good news is that we now have an additional hour to rehearse bringing our rehearsals to four hours a day. Phew!
Mujer's secret message to Mati
Based on this, rough scenes in the rehearsal room are starting to take shape – the show will leave questions with the audience. This is our experience as young women in Mumbai so far, where might we go next? The common language well… English, Hindi, Marati, Gujarati, Bengali and a little bit of French but above all truth. We have explored rituals of playing games, school, dating, being stood up and the ever eventful Indian transport system, all to the harmonic voices of Thanvi, Lyra and Urmila.
Friday, 9 December 2016
We got to know each other swiftly, playing games, sharing 'cutting tea', idlies and stories. Many humorous, some a little more painful but familiar to us, the way childhood fairy stories might be but more uncomfortable, with the conclusion yet to come.
Getting to know our puppet 'Mujer'with an intensive puppetry day, Sat 3rd Dec 2016.
Thursday, 24 November 2016
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
The good news- I was able to get ₹2000 out of the cash machine.
The bad news- no-one has any change to be able to accept it!
The better news - the Indian heart is bigger than I could possibly imagine.
Once again, I have no option but to ride the wave of that beautiful blend of human kindness and hold on tight, you never know what's going to happen. Especially when you're in a car intentionally driving the wrong way down the road and when you go to click in your belt in you realise the connector has been cut out, wonder why and look up to see the headlights of A bus coming towards you.
Both myself and currently unnamed 'mujer' puppet beautifully designed and made by Sue Pyecroft met with Meghana from Thespo after months of Skyping! I can confirm that they are super lovely, super keen & super efficient. I think we're going like Mumbai...
Saturday, 19 November 2016
Made it to India with 530 Rupees in my pocket. Enough to get me a small bottle of water and a rickshaw to where I'm staying.
Oh yeah - no one can get any money out of the banks as the government has announced that all 500 and 1000 rupee notes are now illegal. Rich in people's kindness and sheer generosity of which here at the Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad, Gujarat there is an abundance. I now see where you Leicester folks get it.
More soon. Internet very unreliable as it seems are the banks!