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GANESH VERSUS THE THIRD REICH

BRUCE GLADWIN

Hitler stole the swastika from India. The Hindu deity Ganesh travels to Nazi Germany to retrieve it, but his worst enemy turns out to be… the play’s director.

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Hitler stole the swastika symbol from India. Ganesh, the elephant-headed god whose duty is to combat ignorance and overcome obstacles, travels to Nazi Germany to reclaim that ancient Sanskrit symbol of well-being. But what can Ganesh do about the pitfalls encountered in the rehearsal hall? The actors want to know who is to play the Nazis, whether knowledge of Judaism is required to play a Jew and, on behalf of the common good, if they must place their trust in a tyrant – the director.

Ganesh Versus the Third Reich asks, in playful, poetic and political fashion, burning questions about cultural appropriation, the right to portray the other and the power relations of everyday life. This work of rare and novel beauty, often surprisingly funny and always very moving, owes its grace to those who created it, the mentally handicapped actors who are members of an Australian company that lets their voices be heard. Authentic.

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PRODUCED BY BACK TO BACK THEATRE
DIRECTED, CONCEIVED AND DESIGNED BY BRUCE GLADWIN
DEVISED BY MARK DEANS + MARCIA FERGUSON + BRUCE GLADWIN + NICKI HOLAND + SIMON LAHERTY + SARAH MAINWARING + SCOTT PRICE + KATE SULAN + BRIAN TILLEY + DAVID WOODS
PERFORMED BY MARK DEANS + SIMON LAHERTY + SCOTT PRICE + LUKE RYAN + BRIAN TILLEY
ADDITIONAL PERFORMERGEORGINA NAIDU
LIGHTING DESIGN ANDREW LIVINGSTON
SET DESIGN MARK CUTHBERTSON
ANIMATION RHIAN HINKLEY
MUSIC JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON
MASK DESIGN SAM JINKS + PAUL SMITS
COSTUME DESIGN SHIO OTANI
PHOTO JEFF BUSBY

PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH USINE C + CARREFOUR INTERNATIONAL DE THÉÂTRE (QUÉBEC)

WRITTEN BY PAUL LEFEBVRE
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH

PREMIÈRED AT MALTHOUSE THEATRE, MELBOURNE, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

 

BRUCE GLADWIN (MELBOURNE)
BACK TO BACK THEATRE

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Back to Back Theatre was founded in 1987 in the southeastern Australian town of Geelong (near Melbourne), its mission being to create theatre with people who are identified as having an intellectual disability.

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