Tonight city-based group Keenav's play Good Grief will show what happens when in the pursuit of help you end up giving some
At a time when city stages are flooded with classics by famous playwrights, theatre actor Vineet Nair, for his directorial debut, wanted something different. "I wanted something that Indians can connect to.
So we selected Good Grief," says Nair. Written by Australian playwright Frank Wilkie, this English play shows how sometimes a therapist needs the therapy more than the patient.
Radhika and Vineet Nair in the play Good Grief
Nair says that the play strictly adheres to the original script and no improvisations have been made to suit the time and space. In fact, the actors underwent training to acquire an Australian accent to impart authenticity to the stage play.
Set in the 90s in Queensland, Good Grief is a universal script and shows how personal fears and experiences go on to counsel others to combat their own insecurities.
Good Grief, according to Nair, is a situational comedy that revolves around the interaction between Peter, a man in his mid thirties who seeks counseling from volunteer counsellor Evelyn Barge. However, things take a turn when Evelyn hijacks the session to fulfill her psycho-sexual agenda.
Nair, who plays Peter, says, "If I am going to a therapist and she is in more doubt, then the equations change." He adds that Evelyn's sexual fantasies reveal her sadistic desires while Peter's confusion shows the effects that consecutive tragedies have on an individual's psyche.
Nair believes that the audience will relate to the experiences of both the characters and thus despite being set in a foreign country, Good Grief becomes everybody's story. However, according to Nair, Evelyn's character is the most interesting one. "It has a lot of fun elements and layers to it.
She does things in her own natural way and is mystical," shares Nair. As the play proceeds, the audience will witness a surprising turn of events.
Other than the vocabulary, Nair says that innovative lighting is an essential aspect of Good Grief. According to him, each light will depict the situation the character is in and his or her perspective at that moment. A light hearted play with a dark undertone, Nair's directorial debut promises a trip through two unique minds.
Where Ranga Shankara, JP Nagar
On September 13, 7.30 pm
For Rs 100