Scenes from Boy With A Suitcase taken in Mannheim during its premiere in April 2011. Only 11 days left until the joint production of Schnawwl Mannheim and Ranga Shankara Theatre Bangalore will be on stage in India for the first time:

17 June 2011 Premiere “Boy With A Suitcase”, Ranga Shankara Theatre, Bangalore

3sat berichtete auf Kulturzeit vom Stück “Boy with a Suitcase” (Der Junge mit dem Koffer). Den Film gibt es in der 3sat Mediathek: Zum Film

“We made it to the other side of the world.”

"Boy with a Suitcase" © Nationaltheater Mannheim / Schnawwl

As our characters Naz and Krysia have travelled half across the world in search of a better life in London, we have travelled 2 months to arrive on a common playground, which is our joint production of  “Boy with a Suitcase”. As always in a coproduction, we all started from different lands – aesthetically, working style wise and language wise.  The journey brought us along a sometimes bumpy road to a much deeper understanding of what theatre means to each one of us and how we inegrate it into our lives – 4 hours a day for joy or 8 hours a day to make a living? A place to think and play or a place to work? A place for perfection or a place for taking risks? Interestingly, we could never agree on what is “Indian” or “German” as  all of us come from a different theatre background within our cultures.

"Boy with a Suitcase" © Nationaltheater Mannheim / Schnawwl

Our two costume designers Amba from Delhi and Evi from Mannheim went on the wildest journey. They had to jointly design and make the costumes for Boy.  They are not only two artists in their own rights, they are also two very differently paced human beings. Where Amba feels and smells fabric and thinks of the larger philosophies behind patterns and colours, Evi has made 7 drawings, bought 5 pairs of funky sunglasses and tried them on the actors.  So these two set off in the early rehearsals in Nrityagram and the road was narrow and windy and sometimes their bus seemed to fall over the steep edge. But it never quite did.  On top, at the pass between two rugged mountain peaks, after heated discussions and some tears: