Writer :  Igor Bauersima
Director :  Joy Fernandes
Cast :  Quasar Thakore Padamesee, Faezeh Jalali, Khushboo Hitkari


By MTG editorial


Rachel Productions and Attic Salt Theatre with support from the Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai, presents NORWAY. TODAY, a play exploring the suicidal tendencies of the youth. The original has been written in German by Igor Bauersima,

It premiered at the Dusseldorfer Schauspielhaus, in Germany in the year 2000. Since then it has been translated into Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Flemish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish and seems to have taken Europe by storm with its performances by various theatre groups.

The Indian team of NORWAY.TODAY thinks that the play has a topical appeal and is therefore very much relevant for the current Indian scenario in which the youth want "it" all fast and easy. Those young people who cannot keep up with the pressures of demanding lifestyles have no option but to quit.

However NORWAY.TODAY does not preach. It tries to take a close look at the aspirations of the young people, the factors that lead to those aspirations and what happens when they are not fulfilled. The play as such seeks to "live" with the youth and assures them that they have a right to exist, no matter what.

Julie a girl just out of her teens, is in a chat room looking for someone to commit suicide with. Sort of like finding a 'suicide buddy'. August, a boy of similar age, connects with her and the two proceed to a snow-covered cliff in Norway to end their lives ... complete with tent, beer sandwiches etc.

They do not seem to have any real reason for wanting to end their lives except perhaps the fact that they just 'exist' instead of being 'vitally alive'. The play then follows their journey atop the cliff till they film their last moments on a camcorder. But the filming results in uncovering several emotions, which make them, second-guess their ominous plan.

Rachel Productions & Attic Salt Theatre had come together a year or so before to put together humorous yet meaningful forms of theatre for various age groups. Its first production " Full of Joy" seems to have lampooned the various facets of life. It was written & directed by Joy Fernandes.

NORWAY.TODAY is not an adaptation. It presents the original version in English. Will its contents resound the dilemmas faced by urban Indian youth is something that may be worth finding out.

Please click here for the Mumbai Theatre Guide review of the play

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