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BOLIVIAN STARS

Playwright: P V Shajikumar
Director: Arun Lal
Group: Little Earth School of Theatre, Palakkad
Language: Malayalam
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

 

The Play

The Bolivian Stars are losers in life, and also in the matches of football. ‘The Sevens’ always get defeated. The characters in the play are seven misplaced footballers pushed into the wasteland of life. They convey seven different themes. The team has a black, a white, a handicapped, a migrator, a male, a female and a transgender. They learn the lessons of protest and survival. They use them in the playground as if they are in a battlefield. Each character has its own individuality.

 

Director’s Note

The play is set in a football ground with one goal post. In our production performance of actors is given more importance with minimal use of stage properties. The energy and quick movements of young actors render a new vitality to this unique football match. Change in locale and time are shown through the alteration of stage properties. Each scene is related with football match in one way or the other. Audience experiences a play and a football match simultaneously. In the background of a football match, the play also shows us the marginalised life of 7 characters, and at the same time also reminds us about those geniuses who got a new life because of football.

The seven players are staring at an identity crisis. And for them, winning the game is all about winning against the many challenges the society is throwing at them. A plethora of issues the society is grappling with is discussed in the play.

 

The Director

Arun Lal is an actor, director and theatre trainer. He has been working in the field of theatre arts for last 20 years. He has acted in more than 30 plays and directed more than 25 plays including children’s plays. He has trained under various theatre directors. As an actor and director, he has exhibited his abilities in different theatre festivals all over the country. These include BRM, NSD Theatre Festival, New Delhi; Jashne Bachpan, NSD; ITFOK IAPAR International Festival, Pune; Rangayan Fest, Mysore, PRD Theatre Festival, Bratyajon, Kolkata, AIR Theatre Festival etc. He is working with different theatre groups in Kerala. He is a recipient of many awards for his excellence in theatre. He is the artistic director of Little Earth School of Theatre, Kerala.

 

The Playwright

P V Shajikumar is a well-known writer in Malayalam literature. His famous books are Janam, Vellarippadam, Kidaparasamaram, Ullal, GLPUschool Keekakmgot, Kalichampothiyilekku Oru Halfticket and Itha Innu Muthal Itha Innale Vare. He has won several national and international awards.

 

The Group

Little Earth School of Theatre, Kerala has been conducting theatre activities for the last 20 years. Over the years the group has produced more than 20 plays and given more than 600 stage performances in several theatre festivals all over India. It has won two awards in META Festivals. The play Chillara Samaram was awarded the best play and best director by Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy in 2015. The group organizes children’s camps and other cultural as well as theatre festivals occasionally, and aims at the educational and cultural development of children and society through theatre.

 

Cast & Credits

Team Captain Suresh
Maradona Jishnu
Balan Akhil
Sainudheen Mohith
Sanjuttan Sanjay Sankar
Hikmath Abdul Majeed
Babykkuttan Savithri
Maradona’s Guardian Aneesh Sankar
Captain’s Father Sarath Kumar
Toddy Worker/Velichappad Sudev
Captain’s Mother/  
Babykkuttan’s Mother Amrutha
Contractor Vipin Das
Broker Anas
Music Design & Operation Sonu
Light Design & Operation Sajas Rahman
Costume & Technical Support Vishnu, M P Rajesh
Playwright                              P V Shajikumar
Director                                  Arun Lal

 

Contacts

Little Earth School of Theatre

C/o Arun Lal, Nikunjan House,

Peringode (P.O.), Palakkad (Distt.) 679533

M: +91 9846550963

E: littleearththeatre@gmail.com

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