2016 Tramjatra 20th anniversary - Storming Kolkata by Tram - tram theatre by Whole 9 Yards

Posted Wed 31/5/17 by Roberto D'Andrea

For the 20th anniversary Tramjatra we wanted to share another piece of Melbourne's artistic tram history and celebrate tram theatre. Enter Storming Kolkata by Tram! Inspired by 2 Melbourne Tram plays called Storming Mont Albert and Storming St Kilda by Tram from the 1980's and early 90's. I saw both these plays in Melbourne and loved them both. A tram-street play on the environmental benefits of tramways to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tramjatra between Kolkata and Melbourne. Written and Directed by Abhrajit Sen for the 20th anniversary of Tramjatra. Cast : Sayantan Banerjee, Soumyajit Dey, Suhotra Mukhopadhyay, Tanika Basu, Monomita Chaudhury, Prosun Saha and Meghatithi Banerjee. Abhrajit's writing notes say that the play will be colloquial, modern, contemporary and funny. Humour is essential to keep the audience entertained while we psychologically enter the mind of the spectators. Thunderous energy from actors and musicians. The Storming Kolkata by Tram play travelled on board the 20th anniversary tram and spontaneously broke out into song. Connie Roberto joined in and the play was performed at terminuses, goomptys and depots across Kolkata. Tramjatra loves tram tradition so for the 20th anniversary Tramjatra we wanted to prepare a tram play that had links to two great Melbourne tram plays called Storming Mont Albert and Storming St Kilda by Tram. Before heading to Kolkata in mid 2016, Mahadeb Shi and I talked about a producing a play we would like to call "Storming Kolkata by Tram". We wanted performers to be 'embedded passengers' just like the Storming Mont Albert and St Kilda by Tram plays. Mahadeb engaged a Kolkata performance troupe called Whole 9 Yards who are a lovely young and enthusiastic performance troupe. The play was based on Mahadeb's 20th anniversary short film which had screened at the 2016 Kolkata International Film Festival. A street play on the environmental benefits of tramways celebrating the 20th anniversary of Tramjatra and the friendship between Kolkata and melbourne. Here's some pics from the rehersal phase at the Nonapukur Tram Workshops. So while the tram was being painted and decorated.