What: What happens when you combine slapstick, acrobatics, mime, songs and improvisations in one production? The result is Madbeth, a devised theatre piece by Rupesh Tillu's company, Theatre Act. Tillu holds an MFA in Physical Comedy from The National School of Dramatic Arts, Sweden.
Madbeth is an experimental take on Shakespeare’s play Macbeth
He was born and brought up in Mumbai and lived in Sweden for nine years; he is currently based in Mumbai. Madbeth is an interactive physical comedy loosely inspired by Shakespeare's Macbeth. Written and performed by Rupesh Tillu, the play's mime consultant is Katarina Rodopoulos and costumes are by Sigyn Stenquist.
Madbeth is a play revolving around Beth, the central protagonist, who is staging the classic play Macbeth with his friend Banquo to cure the memories of his murdered girlfriend Anna and dog Tommy
The act includes slapstick, acrobatics, mime, songs and improvisations
How: Madbeth’s first version was staged at the Swedish National Academy of Mime and Acting in Stockholm in December 2009. Every show is unique as Tillu improvises with audience members. “The only challenge I face is when I don’t have enough audience. I have managed to stage Madbeth for five people as well as 1,500 people,” he states. He adds that after staging it across continents, he has come to the conclusion that, “We are the same and love to laugh. Humour goes beyond punch lines. When you create a strong character, and the way that character interacts with others can be funny rather than standing in one place and telling jokes, like stand-ups.”
Since it’s an interactive physical comedy, Tillu (right) improvises with the audience and interacts with them
Where: Madbeth has been staged for audiences in Europe, Israel, West Bank and India. Tillu has received international theatre awards such as Outstanding Artist/Act — Stockholm Fringe Festival 2012 and Special Jury Award — Best of Prague Fringe Festival 2013. Next up, he is working on a production called Ring Ring which will be a devised non-verbal black comedy and a new solo piece premiering early next year where he will be playing 25 characters.
On July 4, 8 pm at Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.
Can be viewed by anyone above 13.