The Winter's Tale: A Lesson in Physical and Mental Acrobatics

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by Mallika Taneja on Sunday, March 10, 2013

Performing Arts and Music

Session type

Technical level


The production of William Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale' presented by the Tadpole Repertory and Wide Aisle Productions in March in Delhi has recently ended its first run, having met with wide-spread critical and popular acclaim. It was thought to have raised the bar for theatre in Delhi and yet its ambition and innovation came very literally at a cost. Having to stage the play without institutional support- government or otherwise, and with difficulties in fundraising, licensing and audience management, means that every step was a struggle. I will be speaking about the challenges of working in a somewhat disorganised and disconnected independent theatre scene, the neccesity of producing creative work and how the two might be reconciled with better techniques of fundraising.


A short presentation on the final production itself followed by a summary of how it was mounted over five months. In particular, I will go over the various problems and questions we encountered when building, marketing and staging the play and give an account of how we tried to negotiate them.

Speaker bio

Mallika Taneja is a Dehi based theatre artist and cultural manager. She is a core member of the Tadpole Repertory, one of the most prominent theatre groups in Delhi. Mallika was awarded the ATSA Fellowship for the year 2012 - 13.