The Mule’s Foal, 2016-17

Adapted by Alan Becher from the novel by Fontini Epanomitis | In a new Hindi Translation by Neha Sharma

The Mule’s Foal concerns three families throughout 100 years of Greek family life. In the village Theodosios abandons his wife and gorilla child, then spends a lifetime trying to get them back. There’s Meta, who is neither male nor female. And Yiorgos the Apeface, who is both man and beast. Young Agape of the Glowing Face, who can stop men’s hearts with a look. From the centre of superstition and gossip, rumour and chaos, Mirella the ancient whore finds a calm place to tell her tantalising tale.

About Fontini Epanomitis:

Fotini Epanomitis is an Australian novelist. The Mule’s Foal is her first novel which won the 1994 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book – South East Asia and South Pacific, and the 1992 Australian Vogel Award.

About Alan Becher:

Alan Becher co-founded the Perth Theatre Company in 1994 and was the Artistic Director until his death in 2008. His writing credits include stage adaptations of Paul Radley’s My Blue Checker Corker and Me, Tom Hungerford’s Stories from Suburban Road, Elizabeth Jolley’s The Newspaper of Claremont Street, Mudrooroo’s Wild Cat Falling and Fotini Epanomitis’ The Mule’s Foal. He also co-wrote Shadow of the Eagle and conceived Welcome to Dullsville, to which he contributed material, together with 14 members of Perth Theatre Company’s Writers’ Lab.

About Puja Sarup

MA (Theatre Arts) Mumbai University | Helikos International School of Theatre Creation, Italy

Puja Sarup has been a theatre actor in Mumbai since 2003 and has acted in several productions such as Hamlet – The Clown Prince, Sex, morality and Censorship, All about my Mother, Grey Elephants in Denmark, Hair and many others. She has also been associated with Footsbarn travelling theatre company (France) and Buchinger’s Boots ( France). She has been awarded the META award for her role in Hamlet – The Clown Prince and is the recipient of the Vinod Doshi Fellowship (2010).

About Sheena Khalid

LISPA, UK

Sheena is co-founder of The Patchworks Ensemble. Their first production Ila opened in 2014. She has recently devised and performed the show The Gentlemen’s Club AKA Tape. Other works include the site-specific projects Importance of Being Earnest and The Weird and the Wonderful . Most recently she is performing in What’s Done is Done directed by Rajat Kapoor. Sheena teaches drama workshops for both adults and children.

About the directors:

Puja Sarup is lead-faculty for Devising and Theatre Making at the Drama School, Mumbai. She is also co- founder of The Patchworks Ensemble. She has been active in theatre since 2003. Her stage credits include Hamlet – The Clown Prince (for which she won the META award), S*x, M*rality & Cens*rship, All About My Mother & Grey Elephants in Denmark. She has been associated with the French theatre companies, Footsbarn and Buchinger’s Boots. In 2010, she was awarded the Vinod Doshi Fellowship, and the J N Tata Scholarship in 2011 that funded a 3-year movement theatre course (based on the Lecoq pedagogy) in Helikos in Florence, Italy.

Sheena Khalid is co-founder of The Patchworks Ensemble. Their first production Ila opened in 2014. She has completed a full time 2-year course in theatre at the London International School of Performing Arts. She has recently devised and performed the show The Gentlemen’s Club AKA Tape. Other works include the site-specific projects Importance of Being Earnest and The Weird and the Wonderful . Most recently she is performing in What’s Done is Done directed by Rajat Kapoor. Sheena teaches drama workshops for both adults and children.


Shakespeare’s tragic love story Romeo and Juliet is often dismissed as a frivolous tale of rich teenagers, too stubborn to know better. But the DSM’s 2015-16 student production wasn’t the glamorized tale of star-crossed lovers that has been the inspiration of generations of suicide pacts. Millenials are accused everyday of frippery in the larger socio-cultural contexts. Thus, telling the tale of a young woman – who chose love at every turn, who refused to let anger and impulsiveness change her mind, who knew what she wanted and went for it with all her might – is laying bare the true grit of our present generation. And it is a lesson we could all do well to heed.

About Aniruddha Khutwad

National School of Drama, Delhi

Prolific director and drama facilitator, Anruddha Khutwad is visiting faculty at NSD,  Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), and teaches at the Centre For Performing Arts, Pune University, FLAME University (Pune), and the Goa Kala Academy, apart from facilitating theatre workshops across the country.

He has directed numerous plays in Marathi and in Hindi for prominent institutions and theatre groups across India. Aniruddha also works in film and has been involved with the Hindi film Haasil, the Marathi film Valu and with the telefilms Najarana, Fursat Mein, Ek Shaam Ki Mulakaat, Anekon Hitler and Musafir. He has also been the casting director for films such as Gandhi, my Father, Haasil, Valu and Doha.

Juliet aur uska Romeo, 2015-16

Translated by Amitabh Srivastava | Directed by Aniruddha Khutwad


The Dragon, 2014-15

Written by Evgeny Shvarts | Directed by Tushar Pandey | Translated by Harsh Khurana

Who do we blame for the state of a nation? The rulers? The people? Nobody? Everybody? This debate has rung loud from various corners of the globe as regimes, dictatorships and democracies have risen and fallen. And as always, it is the artists of a culture who bring the argument to boil with radical pieces of art. Such was the case with Russian playwright Evgeny Shvarts’ biting satire – The Dragon – a play with the notable distinction of having been unofficially banned by Stalin’s government for having subversive intent.

About Tushar Pandey

National School of Drama, Delhi | LISPA, UK

Tushar is the Co-Convenor of the DSM’s One Year Certificate Course in Acting and Theatre-making where he is also Faculty for Improvising and Devising. He is an actor, director and was recently acclaimed for his portrayal of Vishwa in Pink.


Our love-hate relationship with godmen and women has been the subject of many a book, documentary, film and theatrework. And Molière’s classical bedroom farce presented the perfect opportunity to tell a tale of India’s most infamous con-artists – the dhongi baba.

Tartuffe, a mysterious godman, ingratiates himself into the household of the wealthy Orgon and his mother Madame Pernelle. He quickly becomes an integral part of Orgon’s household, sucking them dry in the process. A mysterious godman, spoilt daughters, secret documents, sexy stepmothers, Shakespeare, filmy lovers and a maid with a real mouth on her, all collide in this besharam rendition of Molière’s most enduring work of comedic genious.

The performance was part of the DSM inaugural double bill, performed by the students of the first One Year Certificate Course.

About Daniel Goldman

École  Internationale  de  Theatre  Jacques  Lecoq  |  Andamio  90  School  of  Dramatic Arts,  Buenos Aires

Daniel  Goldman is the founder and artistic director of Tangram Theatre Company, UK and the CASA Latin American Theatre Festival. He is an  award-winning  theatre  director,  playwright,  teacher  and  producer.  Daniel  regularly works  in  theatre   schools  across  the  UK  as  well  as internationally  in  India  and  Kenya.

Molière's Tartuffe – a two-faced comedy, A new hindi adaptation, 2013-14

Directed by Daniel Goldman


The Curious Climb of Cutter Chee, 2013-14

Directed by Ben Samuels

Bertolt Brecht’s THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI is an infamous parable about Hitler rise to power, writter right under the Great Dictator’s nose. The DSM was inspired by it to create Cutter Chee at a significant time in India’s contemporary political history. The general elections were round the corner and the country’s artistic community was divided between the need for development and the future of individual freedom.

The Curious Climb of Cutter Chee traces the entirely avoidable ascension of a small time gangster who rises through the ranks of the dons and bhais of Mumbai’s thug landscape. Cutter is a chintu clown of a man, yet his tactics of opportunism, coercion and manipulation eventually make him the terrifying leader of the city’s underbelly. The student ensemble worked with British director Ben Samuels to present Cutter Chee in the world the world of 1970s Bollywood gangster films highlighting the nexus between construction magnates, politicians and the mafia.

The performance was part of the DSM inaugural double bill, performed by the students of the first One Year Certificate Course.

About Ben Samuels

Brown University, USA | MFA, LISPA (Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for Theatre Arts)

Ben Samuels is the founder of Limbik Theatre, UK. He wrote and performed in Limbik’s first show The Harbour (winner of the Creative Award, Prague Fringe 2010), and Ghost Town, the company’s second production, and is the Director of The Messenger. As a Visiting Director at the University of Cumbria, he has directed eight productions since 2010, specialising in devised adaptations of classic texts—from Euripides, to Shakespeare, Ibsen and Brecht.