Peter Weigall, the drama teacher at St James junior school of London, is presenting the Mahabharata in two hours with a cast of 10 year old boys and girls. He cites children’s versions of the epic as his source material for the script, but was also inspired by Peter Brook’s famous production which he has seen live. The play focuses on favourite episodes such as Draupadi’s Swayamvara, the dice game and the war (as did Nitin Sawhney et al’s Mahabharata at Sadlers Wells). Cast limitations have meant that the impressive progeny of Dhritarashtra has been severely reduced, and, as Weigall admits, Krishna as acted by a 10 year old boy is perhaps less divine than he might be. Nevertheless, there are few English schools who choose an Indian epic for their end of term play – certainly a change from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
The play will be performed on Thursday and Friday of this week at 7pm. Please contact Peter Weigall at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.