Watch ‘So Many Socks’ at Prithvi Theatre
Quasar Thakore Padamsee’s latest play, So Many Socks, is unlike anything he has directed before. The co-founder of Q Theatre Productions, Padamsee has so far done plays that follow the conventional trajectory of script, auditions, rehearsals, final production. The starting point of So Many Socks was Kora, a book of poems by Tibetan activist Tenzin Tsundue. Padamsee, who had been itching to do a play that wasn’t heavy with text, held auditions and then conducted a workshop with the nine actors who were chosen. It was only after the workshop that writer Annie Zaidi wrote the script. “We literally fucked around with Tenzin’s poems through music and dance,” says Padamsee, whose plays don’t usually have choreographed movement. “There’s some movement, some dance and a lot of choreography,” he said. All the cast members having training in forms of dance that range from hip hop to mohiniattam and none of them are from Padamsee’s regular stable of actors.
So Many Socks—the title refers to the act of layering up before a long, cold journey—contains only shadows of the themes in Tsundue’s poetry. “Only if you know the poems very well, will you know which ideas came from which poems,” he said. The narrative follows a Tibetan boy, his mother and grandmother who are trying to “figure out their identities,” Padamsee says. “The Tibet issue is omnipresent. But it’s not the basis of the story. It’s a very personal story.”Tags: Annie Zaidi, plays, Q Theatre Productions, Quasar Thakore Padamsee, Theatre
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