Three plays about 'Community' from poet and playwright Annie Zaidi's shelf
Compiled by Suhaani Gala
Annie Zaidi writes poetry, essays, fiction of varying lengths, and scripts for the stage and the screen. She is the author of the novel Prelude to a Riot. Her other books include
Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales, a collection of essays that was short-listed for the Crossword Book Award (non- fiction), Gulab, Love Stories # 1 to 14, and The Good Indian Girl (as co-author). She is also the editor of 'Unbound: 2,000 Years of Indian women's Writing' and of 'Equal Halves'. Her remarkable work has appeared in various anthologies, including Mumbai Noir; Women Changing India; India Shining, India Changing, and literary journals like the Griffith Review, Big Bridge, The Little Magazine and Desilit.
Check out what’s on top of Annie’s list!
The Last Train
By Anju Makhija
Every Mumbaikar will understand the dilemma faced by the characters in Anju Makhija’s play, The Last Train. It is a political satire played out in a suburban Mumbai train that has been halted on Vashi Bridge for reasons unknown. “Traveling in local trains here is an everyday affair, where one sees a lot of bizarre incidents. The idea of this play originated while I was traveling in a Panvel train”,
The play, which opened at Mumbai’s National Gallery of Modern Art recently, has attracted international attention. It was also shortlisted for the BBC World Playwriting Award in 1999.
Click here to find the script of the play on Amazon.