Take me in your hands (Take me in your hands)
Banyan Tree Productions, Bombay, India
TRANSLATOR EVALD FLISAR
DIRECTOR DIPIKA ROY
ADAPTED BY ANISH TRIVEDI AND DIPIKA ROY
STAGE DESIGNER ANIKA KOENIG
LIGHTING DESIGNER VIRAAL POCHA
SOUND DESIGNER ANISH TRIVEDI
ZACK VIJAY CRISHNA
MAYA DIPIKA ROY
About the performance
PREMIÈRE 29 NOVEMBER 2014
THE PERFORMANCE IS 1 HOUR AND 30 MINUTES LONG AND HAS NO INTERVAL.
"When you wrote this book you were a different person. Then you fell down the stairs and broke everything tha t was alive in you. It happens. But this book is here. And now I\'ll take you in my hands, I will take you, because you didn\' t want to take me, and I will teach you everything that is wri t ten in this book."
The performances of the theatre Banyan Tree Productions focus primarily on the contemporary urban Indian society, caught between millennia of culture and a fast-changing world in which traditional relationships are no longer of value. Although the author comes from another part of the world, the artists found in the play by Evald Flisar a universal situation that responds well to the questions that emerge today in India as well, as Take Me in Your Hands is, among other things, also a play about the existence of a common space in which completely different generations meet. Evald Flisar wrote it in 2011 and it has been performed several times on Slovenian and international stages.
We’ve also seen it at the Week of Slovenian Drama. It tells the story of a book shop owner who in his old age is left with nothing but a cellar full of books, a forgotten marriage and illness. Until Maya, who is half his age, slides into his life down slippery steps and looking for a joband for wisdom in books. Full of energy, she tries to revive the second-hand bookshop with her new ideas about what to do with all those books and how to put them in circulation, while all he’s trying to do is finish his essay on Borges. She sees more in him than he sees himself and applies to him the same enthusiasm, giving new life to him as she does to the bookshop. A love affair is being born between them that remains undefined right till the end.
"Not only are both actors convincing in their roles, they have obvious chemistry that despite the age difference and personality contrast connects them beautifully. With the world of books, references from the classical literature and poetry, famous literary heroes … Flisar’s play is a pleasure for all avid readers and bibliophiles."
(Puraja Sawant, The Times of India)