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Bravely Fought The Queen

Bravely Fought The Queen

Dattani Mahesh
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First staged in Mumbai in 1991, Bravely Fought the Queen juggles between two spaces-center stage where an empirical drama removes the mask of hypocrisy from a seemingly ‘normal’ urban household; and a small, rear backdrop from where emerges the raison d’être of each protagonist. The family in focus is that of two brothers, Jiten and Nitin, who run an advertising agency and are married to sisters: Dolly and Alka. Their mother, Baa, moves between the two households, attached more to her memories of the past than to any present reality. Marital friction, sibling rivalry, the traditional tension between mother-in-law and daughters-in-law, the darker moments of business and personal dealings, the play takes us through the entire gamut of emotional experience as it winds to a climactic finish. With its relentless pace, crisp idiom and unflinching insight into the urban milieu, this is a play that confirms Mahesh Dattani’s reputation as India’s most influential playwright.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Apr/2006

Length : 104 Pages

MRP : ₹150.00

Bravely Fought The Queen

Dattani Mahesh

First staged in Mumbai in 1991, Bravely Fought the Queen juggles between two spaces-center stage where an empirical drama removes the mask of hypocrisy from a seemingly ‘normal’ urban household; and a small, rear backdrop from where emerges the raison d’être of each protagonist. The family in focus is that of two brothers, Jiten and Nitin, who run an advertising agency and are married to sisters: Dolly and Alka. Their mother, Baa, moves between the two households, attached more to her memories of the past than to any present reality. Marital friction, sibling rivalry, the traditional tension between mother-in-law and daughters-in-law, the darker moments of business and personal dealings, the play takes us through the entire gamut of emotional experience as it winds to a climactic finish. With its relentless pace, crisp idiom and unflinching insight into the urban milieu, this is a play that confirms Mahesh Dattani’s reputation as India’s most influential playwright.

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Dattani Mahesh

Mahesh Dattani is a playwright, screen Q2311writer, film-maker and stage director with several scripts and productions to his credit. For his writing, he was honored with the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 1998. He has directed and scripted critically acclaimed films like Mango Soufflé and Morning Raga. The script of Morning Raga has been archived by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, USA. His screenplays, along with his stage plays, have been published by Penguin. Dattani is also a workshop facilitator for several writing and acting courses, having conducted workshops in many parts of the world, most notably at the Portland State University in Oregon, USA. He has collaborated with international theatre companies like Border Crossings, most recently in Shanghai with Chinese, Swedish and English actors. He also writes scripts for BBC Radio 4.