Set in a nursing home, Mind Walking explores what happens to a family when an old Indian man Bobbie slips into the first stages of Alzheimer’s. Bobbie has spent all his adult life in Britain, but in a care home he reverts back to his first language which he spoke as a boy in Bombay in the 1940’s. His family are devastated and how do they manage to communicate with Bobbie? How do they understand Bobbie’s life, as he enters a territory that they cannot comprehend? Has Bobbie’s whole life been a lie?
The show mixes traditional performance with an aerial component, where the actors hang or move through a single cerceau that creates a poetic visual dimension to the play as well as serving as a metaphor for the gradual decline of Bobbie’s mind. As secrets and hidden stories tumble out, this family drama explores notions of home, cultural identity and family bonds.
BandBazi (Love Indeed, Breakfast at Audrey’s, The Persian Cinderella) combine aerial trapeze with this emotionally charged, character driven play performed by an international cast. Mind Walking is BandBazi’s most ambitious production to-date. www.bandbazi.co.uk
It is the first aerial drama created by Tanika Gupta, who has written plays for the Royal National Theatre, the Young Vic, the Royal Court and Soho theatre.
A co-production with Q Theatre Productions Mumbai, Mind Walking has been developed with British Council UK-India Connections through Culture programme and was commissioned by BandBazi with the assistance of Arts Council, England.
‘I admire Gupta for using the stage to rub our noses in global reality.’ The Guardian, Michael Billington
‘The aerial skills are as mesmerising as the acting. Writer/director John Binnie has created a play that touches the heart while being effortlessly elegant.’ The Herald on Bandbazi’s Breakfast at Audrey’s 2005
‘A teasingly playful but intense airborne duet.’ Mary Brennan, The Herald, Glasgow on BandBazi’s Love Indeed 2009
For more information contact Suman Bhuchar on 07930 101894 e:firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Tanika Gupta
Directed by John Binnie
Designed by Ellen Cairns
Thurs 29 September – Sun 2 October 7.45pm
Watermans Box Office: 020 8232 1010 www.watermans.org.uk
Tickets: £12.50 Conc. £10