Over my dead body:
A witty and powerful family drama set in Uganda, it is the story of a lower middle-class family where everyone is against the father’s choice of sending the eldest daughter to the university instead convince her to marry her rich boy friend, in the hope that it will improve their financial woes.
Over My Dead Body was inspired by her deep concern for girls in Africa who are lured into early marriages to rich men before they finish their education. When things go wrong, and their marriages fail, they find themselves without anything to fall back on.
Violet Barungi is an African writer, novelist, children’s writer, playwright and editor who is not only known in the Ugandan literary circles but also internationally. Currently working as the editor for FEMRITE, an association of Ugandan women writers founded in 1996, she is a prolific writer. Her play Over My Dead Body won the British Council International New Playwriting Award for Africa and the Middle East (1997).
Originally written in Malayalam as ‘Poimukhangalkkappuram’ and translated into English by the writer herself as “Beyond Facades”. The play tries to provide the reader/audience with “multiple perspectives and alternate realities” of the existing social and religio-political situations. The play is resistance to all social evils emanated from religion, politics and discrimination leading to differences.It focuses on the loss of cultural meanings attached to religious practices and writes rather provocatively.
Catharine Thankamma Joseph has always been interested in theatre. She is an actor-director and has won prizes at a number of Theatre Festivals. She taught English in Kerala and Delhi Universities. She continues to participate in the critical debate on the Indian theatre and performance aesthetics. At present she is based in Kochi, Kerala.
Nisha Abdulla, Poorvi Sardar, Ratneshwar Banerjee, Ashank Bhandari , Sunayana P , Madhumay Sinha & Radhika Jain.
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About Indian Ensemble Studio & The Atelier Experiences:
This collaboration is aimed to program workshops, performances and readings at The Atelier Experiences, an initiative by The Atelier (Reggio Emilia Inspired School) to bring varied cultural, art & creative workshops and performances to the community. Located in a peaceful street off the busy Sarjapur road, The Atelier is a space where one can find peace and inspiration. It also hosts a café within the campus – Café At The Atelier. The long-term idea is to build audiences by engaging with the neighborhood to enable a diverse and sustained space for arts and culture.