The Place That Was Promised

"Directed by Anitha Santhanam, Devised & Performed by Vivek VijayaKumaran & Sachin Gurjale"

"Imagine... a normal ‘everyday morning’ in a Metro city scenario. Yesterday was Sunday and Tomorrow is a National Holiday. Sandwiched right in the middle of what should have been a long weekend, you are probably thinking “I wish I didn’t have to go to work today.” NO such luck. You get up at the normal time, wash, dress, breakfast, and head for the workplace you are supposed to reach on time. You take the train, crowded as usual. Nothing out of the ordinary. It promises to be a perfectly run-of-the-mill day. Until... Five men in disguise poke at the floor of the carriage with the sharpened tips of their umbrellas, puncturing some plastic bags filled with a strange liquid...

In the book, ‘UNDERGROUND’ Haruki Murakami interviews the victims to try and establish precisely what happened in the Tokyo subway on the 20th of March, 1995. He also interviews members and ex-members of the doomsday cult ‘AUM SHINRIKYO’ responsible; in the hope that they might be able to explain the reason for the attack and how it was that their GURU instilled such devotion in his followers.

Though the incident took place in Japan 22 years back, the psyche of the people, their fears, pains, confusion, and anger remains the same in today’s world. In fact, it has raised more and more as we are living in an increasing chaos. This performance is an attempt to find out what can lead us to this kind of attack and what needs to be understood. Also, it’s an exercise to render interviews of real people in a very true sense. It’s kind of a way to look at it as a storytelling in an intimate space where people are opening up and revealing their true feelings. It’s an attempt to carve out a drama from a dramatic event without being too dramatic."