Review

TALES FROM THE OTHER SIDE:UNTOLD HISTORIES AND HIDDEN TRUTHS

Direction : Joy Fernandes
Writer : Apeksha Harsh and Joy Fernandes
Cast : Asfiyah Qadri, Sahil Shah, Hrishita Acharya, Ira Sharma, Kush Shah, Reina Bhatkuly, Keya Kumar, Zayan Dholoo, Siddhant Sathe, Saatvik Kher, Pradyumn Karnani

TALES FROM THE OTHER SIDE:UNTOLD HISTORIES AND HIDDEN TRUTHS Play Review


Durga Naniwadekar



 TALES FROM THE OTHER SIDE:UNTOLD HISTORIES AND HIDDEN TRUTHS Review
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What happens when some of the most enduring fairy tales from our childhood get reflected in dystopian themes? You get an impactful play. Directed by Joy Fernandes, this production comprises six popular fairy tales that have been futuristically interpreted.

Different points of view are explored and the characters face real-life challenges (peer pressure, video games, etc). The production, co-written by Apeksha Harsh and Joy Fernandes borrows from Shaun Te’s graphic novel The Arrival which is about immigrant experience: to find one’s self as a stranger and misunderstood.

The performances were wonderful and the actors easily slip into their characters with the help of minimal props. Each of the stories has a twist, supported by thoughtful direction and inspired acting. One reason why the characters were relatable to the audience is because the acting brought out real life emotions without any melodrama.

The direction is meticulous and the play is well choreographed. The dramatic prologue to each of the stories is a great example of this. An interesting feature of this play is its young cast: all the actors are between the ages of 13 to 16.

The play is a mind-opening experience vis-à-vis the modern day issues we face. We can relate to these issues and the characters. I would look forward to a sequel of this production with more stories and more messages that are relevant for our times. Overall, I recommend this play for young and older audiences alike. It was an evening well spent.

Durga Naniwadekar, a Grade 8 student from Don Bosco International School, secured the third place in the review writing competition that was held by The Pomegranate Workshop, an Arts Education Company in collaboration with Mumbai Theatre Guide.

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