Ready to touch blood?

Published: 23 November, 2011 07:49 IST | Priyanjali Ghose |

Hold your breath to watch the Kannada play #13 Margosa Mahal that promises you a 5D effect with some spine chilling music by Raghu Dixit

Hold your breath to watch the Kannada play #13 Margosa Mahal that promises you a 5D effect with some spine chilling music by Raghu Dixit

Can you imagine sitting on a skull in an auditorium and feeling drops of blood fall on your hand?
Staged by the city-based group Pra.Ka.Sam, the Kannada horror play #13 Margosa Mahal will make you experience all this and more this weekend.

PD Sathish Chandra, the director and playwright claims that for the first time Bangalore's theatre audience will watch a play with 5D effect.
"The 5D technique touches all the five senses. This has been used in various European and Broadway plays but as far as I know this is the first time it is being used here," explains Sathish. Thus, he shares, that if leaves fall on stage, the audience will have leaves falling on them as well.

Sathish, who has directed several plays earlier, confesses that comedy is his forte though he always wanted to bring on stage a spooky story that will thrill the audience.
The idea for #13 Margosa Mahal was born six years ago when he had gone for a trek and sat around listening to the guide narrate blood curdling horror stories. The play was named after the myth that surrounds the number 13 and set in an old British house in the hills.

One day, three software professionals while searching for a cheap place to stay in, reach the house. However, soon things turn ugly as these three guys find themselves involved in a murder.

Revealing why he chose to infuse 5D technique in a horror play, Sathish says, "People  always seek thrill. A chill down the spine causes excitement. With 5D, the audience gets a real feel of what happens on stage and that keeps them on the edge of their seats."

The play with a touch of humour is not restricted to any particular time or place. "It is for a generation that does not believe in ghosts and talks about blood pressure and diabetes but cannot watch bloodshed," he says.

Sathish describes #13 Margosa Mahal as something that he has never done before, be it in terms of lights or music. According to him, it is a technical play that stresses on how and where sound is being used. "I can't describe the music.
It is not a typical horror track with sudden shots of loud music. It is a build up that slowly gets into your heart," reveals Sathish. He remembers how spellbound his cast was when they heard the tracks in a dark room for the first time.

Only red and amber lights have been used in a way that the faces of those on stage are not clearly visible and there is no direct light falling on the stage. "It is spooky to the core. You will not know who is sitting beside you as you watch the play," says Sathish.

Where KH Kala Soudha, Hanumantha Nagar, Basavanagudi
On November 26 and 27, 7 pm
Call 9880487682
For Rs 50

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