Gathered Leaves, English Play

Ruchika Theatre Group Gathered Leaves Play Stills

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Venue : C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, Main Building, India International Centre (IIC), 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi-110003
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Event Description : Ruchika Theatre Group presents Gathered Leaves, English Play.


Most young people see their fathers as being difficult and almost tyrannical, and many parents perceive their kids as being rebellious or as losers. What happens over a weekend in an affluent Delhi household when the patriarch invites all nine members of his three generation family to celebrate his 75th birthday?
By turn dramatic and comic, poignant and provocative, this play questions borders and boundaries, acceptance and rejection, roles and expectations, forgiving and forgetting...with a cast from ages 16 to 60.
‘When you can talk about the characters by name afterwards, as if they are people you have actually met, that tells me the play has really mattered’, is how Andrew Keatley, the playwright describes his writing. Trained as an actor, he turned to playwriting recently, with his highly acclaimed ensemble piece The Gathered Leaves and Alligators, in which he explores the kangaroo court of modern media.  

About the Group

Ruchika Theatre Group is one of Delhi’s leading theatre groups. Ever since its inception in 1972, it has regularly presented a season of at least three new productions every year. The focus has always been on plays of social relevance – whether they are performed in English, Hindi or Urdu. 
Outstanding productions include Strindberg’s. The Father, Dorfman’s The Women, Kurosawa’s Rashomon, Marsha Norman’s Night Mother, Goldemberg’s Letter’s Home, Dario Fo’s Female Parts, Mohan Rakesh’s Aashad Ka Ek Din and Lehron ke Raj Hans, Mahaswata Devi’s Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Ma, Elkunchwar’s Rakt Pushp, Vijay Dan Detha’s Odhni, Jaywant Dalvi’s Rishte Naate and works by several other Indian playwrights. For Bharat Rang Mahotsav Ruchika has presented Jaywant Dalvi’s Rishte Naate, Elkunchwar’s Dharmaputra and Donald Margulies’ Goodbye, Forever!
Other than Delhi, Ruchika has performed in Mumbai, Pune, Kanpur, Simla, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Ranchi, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Chennai, Kathmandu and even Hongkong! Many productions have won awards and several of our members have become well known names on the large and small screen. These include Alok Nath, Sohaila Kapur, Neena Gupta, Pawan Malhotra, Harsh Chhaya and others. 

Directed by Faisal Alkazi
Educationist, social activist, author, master trainer and theatre director Feisal Alkazi lives and works in New Delhi. He has, over the past 42 years, directed over 200 plays and carved out a niche for himself in the Indian theatre scene chiefly with the group Ruchika. 
Feisal has also worked extensively in the area of children’s theatre, regularly directing for schools across India and the Little Actors Club of Ruchika. He has directed over 100 children’s plays in Delhi, Jaipur, Chennai, Moradabad, Chandigarh and Gwalior. His book for children on theatre, Rang Biranga Rangmanch, published by National Book Trust, has sold over 30,000 copies.  
For television, Feisal has directed two serials and 32 documentaries and short-films. Among other awards, he was given the Sanskriti Award for outstanding contribution to the theatre in 1987.
In his capacity as a professional social worker Feisal founded and headed Ankur, Society for Alternative in Education for ten years. 
As a master trainer Feisal has worked with various organizations and some of his trainings have included theatre based activities as well.

Cast and Crew Details

Director – Feisal Alkazi
Lighting Director – Sunil Arora
Music – Meenakshi Arora
Actors – Yogesh Verma, Radhika Alkazi, Sanjiv Desai, Nandini Sra, Gayatri Rattan, Ashish Dhameja, Angad Ohri, Manvi Nahar and Lavanya Sinha

Collaboration: Action for Autism

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Gathered Leaves, English Play Gathered Leaves, English Play Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Friday, November 01, 2019 Rating: 5

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