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Theatre: Pied Piper/Scandal in Fairyland

CHENNAI27 Aug 2012

Venue Centre stage, YMCA College of Physical Education, Nandanam, No.333, Anna Salai
Opening Time7:30 PM
Entry Free. All are welcome!
In cooperation with Crea-Shakthi

Chennai based 'Crea-Shakthi's' current focus is to bring in the concept of community theatre, with larger audiences and social interaction. Courageous and innovative issues belong to the defining attributes of this performance group.

The first play 'Pied Piper' is a satire. The story is loosely based on the classic German fable, 'The Pied Piper'. The play deals with the confused culture that is prevalent today. Fads, indifference, fickle nature have all become components of this pseudo culture. It is a three act play comprising of the central figure of the Piped Piper, who is seen dancing and thriving on the anguish of the consumers. He is also a metaphor for the catalysts who under the pretext of pioneering capitalize on existing socio-cultural issues namely, the markets, media, big corporations and other related producers. These chords of 'The 2Ps of the cultural mix' are set to the melody composed by the 'Pied Piper'. The group has capitalized on the theme of 'cultural space' and the reality of today's society, which is obsessed with the fad of following causes and market trends that are taking us nowhere.

'Scandal in Fairyland' deals with how news is 'made' to manipulate the common man. The play questions the ethics of those who would manipulate and serves at the same time as a wake-up call to those of us who would 'believe all we read'!  How do we read a newspaper, watch TV, listen to the radio, hear some gossip? How do we make our minds up on what is true and what is not? The play throws up these questions through humour without being pretentious or preachy.