“Mind Walking is extraordinary, and I’m not just talking about the acting or the script.” Claire Brotherwood, The Stage, October 2011
An aerial drama by acclaimed playwright and EastEnders writer, Tanika Gupta.
Mind Walking explores what happens to a family when the mind of an old, Indian man, Bobby starts to unravel. Bobby has spent all his adult life in Britain, but in a care home he reverts back to his first language; a language that he spoke as a boy in Bombay in the 1940's. His family - loving wife, adult daughter and teenage grand-son are devastated. How will they manage to communicate with Bobby? How do they understand Bobby's life as he enters a world that they have no comprehension of? As secrets and hidden stories tumble out of Bobby’s mouth, his family start to question the truth about their ancestry and shared history.
“A simple story told in a way that is transcendental.” Sravasti Datta, The Hindu Times, November 2011
Mind Walking is an emotional drama exploring notions of home, cultural identity and family bonds. BandBazi (Love Indeed and Breakfast at Audrey’s) combine aerial theatre with emotionally charged and character driven narratives.
Mind Walking was originally a co-production with Q Theatre Productions, Mumbai.
Tanika Gupta has written plays for the Royal National Theatre, the Young Vic, The Royal Court, Soho Theatre and the RSC.
Mind Walking was developed with British Council UK-India Connections through the Culture programme and was commissioned by BandBazi with the assistance of Arts Council, England.
Praise for Mind Walking
"BandBazi’s beautiful portrait of a mind increasingly lost to Alzheimer’s is right on the money" Kelly Apter, the Scotsman
"It was a brilliant tour de force of acting, writing and performance at a wonderful, magical venue" Peter Taranaski, Blogger
"I've got a new theatre crush. It's called BandBazi" Rhoda Idoniboye, Good Egg Blog
"Moments of irresistible humour and tenderness... a drama that’s moving in every sense of the word" Ronnie Haydon, The Stage
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