roysten abel

Theatre Director, India

Roysten Abel is a noted Indian theatre director and playwright, known for devised theatre and plays involving folk performers, and productions like Othello in Black and White, Flowers, The Manganiyar Seduction, and A Hundred Snake Charmers.

Roy graduated from the national school of drama in 1994 and then went to apprentice with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the same year. He came back to India in 1995, founded the Indian Shakespeare Company, and as the name suggests his initial work was lot of Straight Shakespeare. A major turning point in Roy’s life was in 1999 when he devised and directed Othello in black and white, which was his first original work. It went on to win the Scotsman Fringe First Award and since then has toured extensively around the world. This work got him national and international recognition and what followed was a spate of original works, which he conceived and directed. Some of these plays were produced in India and some in Europe.

He then started to work with out-of-work street performers. This work got noticed in Italy and he was invited to conceive and direct a play on the Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini in Rimini, Italy. In that same winter he came down to India and created a play called the Spirit of Anne Frank, which starred the biggest female stars in the country. Soon after this he went on to do his first feature film In Othello which was his first step into cinema.

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Another turning point in his life happened when he discovered the joy of creating theatre with musicians. He then went on to make two major productions, “The Manganiyar Seduction” and “A Hundred Snake Charmers” which has been traveling the world.

Roy then went on to create “The Kitchen” which he devised with 12 Mizhav drummers and two actors/cooks. This project was commissioned by the Sydney Festival, Holland Festival and Auckland festival.

He premiered “The Manganiyar Classroom” in 2014 in which he worked with the children of the Manganiyars.

Roysten Abel and his company Can & Abel Theatres presented The Manganiyar Seduction, The Kitchen and The Manganiyar Classroom in George Town Festival 2012, 2014 and 2017 respectively.

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roysten abel

Theatre Director, India

Roysten Abel is a noted Indian theatre director and playwright, known for devised theatre and plays involving folk performers, and productions like Othello in Black and White, Flowers, The Manganiyar Seduction, and A Hundred Snake Charmers.

Roy graduated from the national school of drama in 1994 and then went to apprentice with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the same year. He came back to India in 1995, founded the Indian Shakespeare Company, and as the name suggests his initial work was lot of Straight Shakespeare. A major turning point in Roy’s life was in 1999 when he devised and directed Othello in black and white, which was his first original work. It went on to win the Scotsman Fringe First Award and since then has toured extensively around the world. This work got him national and international recognition and what followed was a spate of original works, which he conceived and directed. Some of these plays were produced in India and some in Europe.

He then started to work with out-of-work street performers. This work got noticed in Italy and he was invited to conceive and direct a play on the Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini in Rimini, Italy. In that same winter he came down to India and created a play called the Spirit of Anne Frank, which starred the biggest female stars in the country. Soon after this he went on to do his first feature film In Othello which was his first step into cinema.

Another turning point in his life happened when he discovered the joy of creating theatre with musicians. He then went on to make two major productions, “The Manganiyar Seduction” and “A Hundred Snake Charmers” which has been traveling the world.

Roy then went on to create “The Kitchen” which he devised with 12 Mizhav drummers and two actors/cooks. This project was commissioned by the Sydney Festival, Holland Festival and Auckland festival.

He premiered “The Manganiyar Classroom” in 2014 in which he worked with the children of the Manganiyars.

Roysten Abel and his company Can & Abel Theatres presented The Manganiyar Seduction, The Kitchen and The Manganiyar Classroom in George Town Festival 2012, 2014 and 2017 respectively.

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