Are you as excited about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as we are? And just as overwhelmed by the amount of great shows on and can’t decide what not to see? Well, here we’ve got four shows for you that came all the long way from India. We hope you will give them a very special welcome, and enjoy a touch of India as part of your festival:
Spoken Word Theatre. 5-29 August.
From the street surrealism of Mumbai, ‘city of motion’, to London’s East End via Millennium night Manhattan. Kalagora, the global wanderer, collides with a midget tobacconist, paranoid immigration officers and cross-dressing hedonists, observing the uncanny and grotesque at the start of the 21st century. ‘We’ve overstayed our welcome. We’re illegal. We’ve worked shit jobs, invented social security numbers, scammed Homeland Security mercilessly.’ A coming-of-age journey across three continents, splicing poetry, theatre and video. Written/performed by Indian-born poet Siddhartha Bose and featuring music by Bollywood composer Pankaj Awasthi, Kalagora exposes the shock of the megacity.
Papa CJ: One in a Billion
Stand-Up Comedy. 4-14 August.
Uncensored gut-busting comedy unleashed by Last Comic Standing finalist and India’s famously irreverent stand-up guru. ‘Reliable crowd-killer’ (Time Out), ‘Wasn’t an earthquake, was Papa CJ’s comedy’ (Times of India), ‘Wolf in sheepskin’ (8th Grade Teacher), ‘Unabashed master of the sideswipe’ (Mirror), ‘Fresh and up to the minute with a sly sting in the tail’ (British Theatre Guide), ‘Caustic Observations’ (Metro), ‘Possessing the energy and attitude of an Indian Chris Rock’ (Manchester Comedy), ‘Trademark acerbic humour’ (Indian Express).
Walking On Broken Das
Theatre Comedy. 12-20 August.
Ashvin Gidwani’s Walking on Broken Das is the latest stand-up comedy act by Vir Das. Watch this observational comedian destroy everyone on today’s radar by travelling through a series of monologues that takes theatre to a whole new level of irreverence. Vir does this with an army of theatrical characters. They say theatre is an intelligent performance art involving intricate plot lines mixed with subtle social commentary. When they are ‘Walking on Broken Das’ they will know what they missed in the definition. An Ashvin Gidwani production. Written, directed and performed by Vir Das.
Satire Theatre. 3-16 August.
A play in English based on the famous Indian epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, examining them from the point of view of women today.