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South East award winning performing arts company, BandBazi, embark on national tour this spring

  • Date: 15 March 2013
  • Area: South East
Man and women looking at each other with sadness and longing

Mind Walking, BandBazi, 2013. Credit: David Churchill

Mind Walking, BandBazi's aerial drama by acclaimed playwright and EastEnders writer, Tanika Gupta, opens at the Albany, London on 22 March. The show explores the disease Alzheimer's and themes of intergenerational relationships and cultural identity and legacy. The creative development of the script and the national tour are supported through an Arts Council grants for the arts award of £43,000.

Grants for the arts is an open access scheme and awards National Lottery money to thousands of arts projects nationally each year. It offers awards from £1,000 to £100,000 to support the creation and presentation of great art, from dance to sculpture, poetry readings to melas. 

Mind Walking received critical acclaim when it toured to the South East, London, Central belt Scotland and India in late 2011. For the national tour, dramaturg John Binnie has been working with writer, Tanika Gupta on a new version of the script that further develops the use of Gujarati, an Indo-Aryan language reflective of the Company's own Anglo/Iranian heritage. The tour will also see BandBazi working with new aerial techniques, led by Aerial designer, Jonothan Campbell.

The plot centres around an Indian Parsi man living in the UK who develops Alzheimer's. Bobby has spent all his adult life in Britain, but when placed in a care home reverts back to his first language that he spoke as a boy in Bombay in the 1940's. Bobby can no longer verbally communicate with his British born family so other methods of communication are required and as secrets and hidden stories are revealed, his family start to question the truth about their ancestry and shared history.

Mind Walking was originally a co-production with Q Theatre Productions, Mumbai. It was researched and developed through workshops with actors and the Zoroastrian Parsi community both in the UK and India. This collaborative working demonstrates how the arts bring our communities together and give us a sense of belonging.

The production will also visit Brighton Dome Studio on 25 March, venues in Scotland and will make a consortium tour of Yorkshire, concluding in Wakefield on 21 April.  

Philippa Vafadari, Artistic Director, BandBazi says 'As the Artistic Director of BandBazi I am thrilled to be bringing Mind Walking to a national audience; it will not only increase our reach to areas and audiences that we have not previously engaged with but will raise our profile on the national touring scene. We are very proud to be funded by Arts Council England for this project and the team are excited about bringing our critically acclaimed, aerial drama to audiences across the UK.'

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