This new phone killed someone

Think twice before buying a new phone, advices  city-based theatre group Keenav in their latest play Whimsical Ingredient in Man-Slaugh-ter

Did you ever think that a new phone can lead to murder? This weekend, Keenaav brings on stage the play Whimsical Ingredient in Man-Slaugh-ter that shows how, within 12 hours of buying a new phone, a young man unintentionally kills someone.

But hold on, the main protagonist of this English play with a smattering of Kannada and Hindi is not the man but an iPhone 4 (Courtesy imagine, Bangalore). Radhika Kochhar, the set designer of this play and one of the founders of Keenav says, "It is about the 12 hours in the life of 24-year-old Shreyas Chandurkar.

He wanted to buy the phone for a long time and when he does, he is ecstatic. But the situation changes." Kochhar adds that the killing is not intentional. "Murder always takes place with a motive. But manslaughter is a whimsical act. Thus is the use of manslaughter in the title."

Shreyas, a smart and rich young man,  is overjoyed after buying the phone much to his friends' envy. He is so fascinated that even at the worst fit of  anger, he kisses the iPhone instead of throwing it away. But soon his new phone brings him trouble in the forms of too many unwanted phone calls and accidents. 

Describing the play as a non-linear narrative, Kocchar confesses that staging a play in this form is not easy. "The first scene is the beginning of the last scene. Unlike other forms of theatre, this play does not follow any time line. So one has to make sure that the audience follows the turn of events," shares Kochhar.

The script, a brainchild of director Vineet Nair, is a result of numerous discussions during rehearsals. Structured in a way that will make you think and laugh at the same time, Whimsical Ingredient in Man-Slaugh-ter, according to Kochhar, is sure to make you put your thinking hats on.

Where: Jagriti Theatre, Whitefield
On: October 29, 8 pm October 30, 6.30 pm
Call: 41242879
For: Rs 300

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