Writing history plays + who is an audience

Writing a history play is really hard.  I am going around in circles writing this play for my standard 05 class. The task is to write about the advent of the Aryans into India.

I have made two big attempts – finished two versions of the play. Version 01 I have left as it were, because it is the story of a boy and his life and does not give an integrated view of the human history behind the advent of the Aryans. Bhimak and his friends, very much like Swamy and His friends. Bhimak and His friends is a story from  So began play 02. I sit at it daily for about an hour at work or home, and I keep looking at the lines sometimes with great dissatisfaction, and so within play two, there are 4 versions. Argh! this is killing me.

Research and reference to the second play comes with the books that are age appropriate for children such as Roshan Dahal’s A history of India for children and Sunita Pant Bansal’s History of India, not to mention the several other spaces on the internet where I have made pit stops. But the information, leaves me asking questions, about the Harappans and the Aryans, I have fallen in love with people Dasyus. Where did they go off to when the Aryans came?

Research leads me on to interesting books like the Story of Sarasvati, and the Aryans (myth and Archeology) by R K Dhavalikar.

So today:

In class 02, we discussed WHO IS AN AUDIENCE?  WHAT IS AUDIENCE ETIQUETTE? Most interesting. How do you go from being a passive observant of an act to actually helping the actor develop his storytelling? Unfortunately, audience memebers in class and sometimes in a theatre audience members go yak yak yak. Our classrooms are not new to this trend. So today, we had a conversation about this trend. What can the audience do while the person acts and how can we use this in their own play?

What next?

WRITE, WRITE , WRITE, WRITE WRITE, and copious amounts of tea!  How awesome is this opportunity!!



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