The idea for “The Merry Go Round” flashed through my mind while watching a proscenium play and wondering about the reactions of a very passive and indifferent audience. The audience-actor relationship has always been a point of concern for theatre performers from various angles. At this moment what I want to explores what happens when the audience along with the performers, takes a journey through the spaces inside a theatre. The Merry Go Round…Another Spin explores the insights and emotions of an artists journey.
In its present avatar the production explores the story of Tara: Her ambitions, her loves, her disillusionment, her dilemma and her relationships. The happenings also delve into the lives and emotions of other troupe members. The sequences have emerged from a plethora of our intimate feelings, to which each one in the audience will relate to at a certain point of time.
The production has evolved through improvisations in terms of performance and writing. Characters, relationships, incidents, all have emerged and evolved during this process. German playwright Peter Handke’s ‘The hour we knew nothing of each other’ and ‘Offending the Audience’ have been great sources of inspiration during this process. The piece is a unique genre of theatre where you are not just a passive audience, but a co-traveller of the performer in the journey.