Those who’ve read Robinson Crusoe or in recent times, got hooked on to TV shows, such as Lost, will love the subject of new play, Shipwrecked!


The rehearsals of the play Shipwrecked! PICs/RONAK SAVLA

Jhoom Theatre, a multi-dimensional theatre company working with individuals, schools and corporates, was inspired by the true tale of adventurer Louis de Rougemont (LDR) from the Victorian Era. It is being staged as part of Summertime@Prithvi, which features plays and workshops for children.

Suruchi Aulakh, founder of Jhoom, tells us more, “LDR is a fabulous script written by Donald Marguiles. Deesh Mariwala, the director, had wanted to stage it for a long time. Marguiles writes that LDR’s exploits included surviving a spectacular shipwreck in the South Seas, an attack by a giant octopus, and 30 years among a tribe of cannibals. His serialised story made him famous.”

Aulakh adds that the rise and fall of LDR offers insights into the nature of fame and fabrication. “Here, we are trying to create all the sound effects live on stage – whether it is the sound of wind, horse hooves or the pop of a champagne bottle. Just three actors enact all 26 roles, going through quicksilver changes using minimal props and costumes,” shares Aulakh. While the play is ideal viewing for children, Aulakh adds that adults too will relate to it. “LDR is a play about telling stories.

Good, old-fashioned yarn-telling, which can amuse, entertain and surprise you. It does away with all the wizardry and special effects. The play invites you to step onto a bare stage and let your own imagination do the work. It is written for the child in each one of us,” she assures.

On: April 24 and 25, 12 pm
At: Prithvi theatre, Juhu.
Call: 26149546