About the Play
Written in 1943 by celebrated playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht, Schweyk in the Second World War (Schweyk im Zweiten Weltkrieg) is a retelling of Jaroslav Hašek’s 1923 novel The Good Soldier Švejk. Brecht wrote the play when he was in exile in California.
Set in Prague during World War II, Schweyk in the Second World War deals with the exploits of the soldier Schweyk, a patriot at heart masquerading as a half-wit and yet speaking words of wisdom and sanity. The Third Reich has made life miserable for the “Little Man” (a derogatory reference to the common man) and amidst the struggle to remain alive, Schweyk provides a stark contrast by surviving and surmounting every hazard with humour and sagacity. And then he comes face to face with the Furher himself.
Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) was a German poet, playwright and theatre director. Brecht was one of the great theatre per- sonalities of the 20th century. He contributed greatly to dram- aturgy and theatrical production. Along with his wife, the actress Helene Weigel, he ran the renowned theatre compa- ny, ‘Berliner Ensemble.’ In developing the combined theory and practice of his “epic theatre,” Brecht synthesized and extended the experiments of earlier masters to explore the theatre as a forum for political ideas and also the creation of a critical aesthetics of dialectical materialism.
About this Production
Forum-Three has premiered the play Schweyk in the Second World War on 12, 13, 14 September
2014 at Rangasthala, Metro Boulevard, M G Road. Next performance dates are:
11 (Sat), 12 (Sun), 19 (Sun) October 2014 at Alliance Francaise, Bangalore.
Here is the full list of the cast and the crew and 'About" them.
(in alphabetical order)
Anasuya Sanyal (Customer I),
Annie George (Customer II),
Aryaman Chakraborty (Goebbels),
Kahi” Chandru (Schweyk),
Debasis Chakraborty (Himmler, customer),
Dipayan Banerjee (Goering),
Hari RaviKumar /Sagnik Sinha (Brettschneider),
Jurgen Nigli (Various characters)
Mitankar Das Sarkar /Jurgen Nigli (Von Bock),
Madhusree Baral (Mrs. Kopecka),
Praloy Kumar Dey (Various roles),
Sagnik Sinha / Varun kainth /(Prochazka),
Shampa Nath /Annie George (Kati),
Shekhar Sanyal (Bullinger I & 2),
Sulagna Halder / Pooja Gupta (Anna)
Vijay Sharma (Baloun)
Music composition and violin Sudipto Das
Piano Darwin Patrick
Choreography Sachin Kumar of Oxygendanz
Audiovisual design Shekhar Sanyal
Audio-visual support: Satyarup Siddhanta & Sulagna HAlder
Lighting design Sayandeb Bhattacharya
Lighting support Priyanka Bhattacharya & Soumyajit Ghosh
Costume design Sangeeta Ghoshal
Costume graphic design Debasis Chakraborty
Make up NK Ramakrishna
Production Control Sangeeta Ghoshal
Production coordination Sulagna Halder
Backstage management Annie George
Online management Nilanjana Chakraborty
Brochure editing Hari Ravikumar
Directorial consultant Dr. Zulfia Shaikh
KC Das Pvt. Ltd. (Confectioners),
Dr. Ujjwal Das (Cambridge, UK)
Jawhar Sherani (Saudi Arabia)
Oxygen Danz Company
Bangalore School of Speech and DramaMr. Vasanth Rao (BMRC -Namma Metro)
Ms. Nilanjana Rakshit (Calcutta, India)
Ms. Jenifer Dorman
Vantage (Complete Outdoor Solution)
Prahlad Nanjappa (Fryed)
Satish M (Design Esthetics)
Profile of the Team
Most of the actors and the members of the crew are engaged otherwise professionally. This production is a workshop experience for almost all of them. Read on for a glimpse into their background. An interestingly diverse profile they have. (The photos are in random order).
Sulagna Halder presently works as a senior Country Risk Analyst at ANZ Bank after completing her masters in Economics from JNU, New Delhi. She is a singer by passion and a photographer by enthusiasm. She aspires to live artistically.
Anasuya Sanyal teaches English at Vibgyor High School. She holds a master’s degree in English literature from Calcutta University. In the past she has worked in Customer Relations with various prestigius companies. She is fond of music and reading.
Koushik Roy is the Regional Head of Yusen Logistics, Headquartered in Japan. He has an MBA in Operations and Supply Chain and has over fifteen years of corporate experience in the manufacturing, trading and service industries. He is an ardent lover of theatre, music and folk dance.
Debasis Chakraborty is a serial entreprenuer who co-founded Unamia.com. He is presently the Director of ACDC Commerce, launching Namakh.com. He is trying to bring about a silent revolution in the e-commerce industry. His passions: theatre, cricket and books..
Dr. Zulfia Shaikh, has the distinction of being a double graduate with
distinction in Effective Communication and Drama. She is the only Indian
qualified by the Trinity Guildhall College to teach Communication
Skills not only in India but in UK and all the
Commonwealth countries as well. Dr. Zulfia is a medical doctor by profession, who jumped the fence to pursue her passion in theatre and oration.
Praloy Kumar Dey has more than twenty
years of experience in sales, marketing and business development
in IT and Media. As the Country Director of NextLink India, he is helping build a process-driven organization, delivering high-end services to clients. Passion: Theatre and world cuisine..
Aryaman Chakraborty, all of eleven, has a fulltime job as a student of class 6 at Gopalan National School. Healso fulfills his passion of swimming, gaming and reading books. Apart from being a champion swimmer, he is also naturally gifted at acting.
Vijay Sharma has extensive experience in Banking and Financial Services Technology consulting. He enjoys running, playing tennis, and telling stories to kids. Vijay also works as a volunteer with the Indian Cancer Society. In the past he has acted in plays like Moliere’s Bichoo and Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution.
Hari Ravikumar is the co-author of The New Bhagavad-Gita, a simple English translation of the ancient text. At various points in his life, he has worked as a software programmer, music teacher, copy-editor, product strategist, graphic designer, translator and event manager. His hobbies include playing the violin and writing short stories.
Shekhar Sanyal is the India Director and Country head of Europe’s largest engineering institution, Institution of En- gineering Technology (IET). He works with amateur theatre groups and has acted in over ten plays in English and Bengali.
Jurgen Nigli presently works as an Engineer at Assystem India His hobbies include drawing cartoons, acting and playing football. Jurgen has been a part of pantomime shows in Chennai. This is his first play in B'lore.
Ranjon Ghoshal considers himself a theatre person first. Among other hats he wears are those of a singer, an adman and a writer. Ranjon claims to have made a smart move by giving up his techie-career long before smartphones became ubiquitous.
He is among the founders of India’s first indigenous rock band, Mohiner Ghoraguli. Recently, Ranjon spoke at the University of California, Berkeley on Tagore and his Plays, marking the beginning of his lecture tour of universities across the world.
has been in Bangalore for the past 7 years now. He works with HP and has traveled the country for both work and pleasure. A big fan of melancholy themes and depressingly slow pace in books and movies. He loves the outdoors, wishes to work among the trees and stay in a cabin in the woods some day.
Sayandeb Bhattacharya is an actor and the artistic director of SmaranniK Bangalore. . He has been invited to 8 International/ National Theatre Festivals. Sayandeb started his theatrical journey very young under many theatre veterans.
Soumyajit Ghosh works as
an actor and the
light/music operator at SmaranniK Bangalore. He
has worked with lights and music for 4 plays. He has also
acted in 2 plays that have been selected in 3 major int'l / national theatre Festivals.
“Sihi Kahi” Chandru is an accomplished author, actor, director and producer for television and cinema. He is particularly known for his comic roles in films and in over 300 plays in Kannada
and English. Chandru is the host of Bhojanapriya, one of the most popular cookery shows on television.
Dipayan Banerjee has worked in the IT industry for over five years now. He is a passionate singer and a guitarist. Dipayan is trained in Rabindra Sangeet and also in Hindustani Classical music. His hobbies include theatre and pho- tography ( nature and macro).
Sagnik Sinha is a Software Engineer in Via.com. Foodie, actor, singer, cook, feminist, and programmer are some of his other identities. His passions also include literature, cinema, and theoretical computer science. His dream is to travel around the world.
Sangeeta Ghoshal ran her own ad agency for many years. As a painter she was an abstract expressionist. Her education in English and Comparative Literature has complemented her theatre activities as an actor, translator, and an artistic designer at Forum-Three.
Shampa Nath holds a master’s degree in Modern History from Jadhavpur University and a diploma in Interior Designing. She presently works as a high school teacher. She loves to cook and writes travelogues for newspapers.
Darwin Patrick is a classical pianist who has trained under the renowned artist Ms. Nalini Suryavanshi. He has completed his Grade 8 from Trinity College, London. At present he is scoring music for a Bollywood movie.
Mitankar Das Sarkar worked as a lecturer in an Engineering college before shifting to Bangalore. He works in the IT industry. His passions include music, cooking, reading and of course acting. With theatre group ENAD, Mitankar has acted in two plays.