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UK artists using solo theatre for a cause

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“Exploring the pain, the joy the highs and lows of being marginalised or discriminated against, the plays are a celebration of human spirit,” Roy said.

Jaye Griffiths brings out the true story of a cerebral palsy patient Nihal Armstrong who died aged 17.

‘Don’t Wake Me: The Ballad Of Nihal Armstrong’ narrates his mother’s tireless battles and inspiring triumphs in her struggle for her disabled son’s rights.

Guy Slater, who directed the play, said it is immensely rewarding for him both artistically and personally.

British Council India director Rob Lynes said the works highlight UK’s leading role in arts and disability and will open up dialogue on the transformative power of arts in society.

On the efficacy of solo theatre, Gale said, “The show becomes more about you and the audience, whereas if you’re acting with other people, it becomes a collective exercise. So that exchange between performer and audience becomes much more intimate and important.”

Masterson agrees saying solo makes the message more powerful and the audience also enjoys more.

“These are issue-based works but highly entertaining.

The topic of racial discrimination is very contemporary even now and all over the world,” said the veteran artist who has worked on over 150 shows.

After performing in Delhi and Kolkata, the festival will now travel to Bangalore and Mumbai.

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