Award winning circus theatre at Pegasus in November
Mind Walking is brought to life by Fringe First winning circus theatre company, BandBazi (Farsi for trapeze) and Q Theatre Productions based in Mumbai, India.
It tells the story of Bobby who has spent all his adult life in Britain but now his mind is in decline and whilst living in a care home he reverts back to his first language that he spoke as a boy in Bombay in the 1940's. His loving wife, a grown-up daughter and a teenage grandson are devastated as Bobby begins to lose touch with their reality. How will they manage to communicate with Bobby? As secrets and hidden stories tumble out of Bobbie’s mouth, his family starts to question the truth about their ancestry and shared history.
The highly visual production includes a circular aerial trapeze. During Bobbie’s gradual decline into Alzheimer's, he enters the world and his past through the circle and characters from it appear up high and then soar to the ground in breathtaking and dramatic swoops.
Mind Walking is an emotional drama exploring notions of home, cultural identity and family bonds. The research and development stages were important to the play and included discussions with Parsee actors in Mumbai who shared their stories and experiences and this research continued with four Zoroastrian elderly people in the UK.
John Binnie directs Mind Walking, which has been developed with British Council UK-India Connections through Culture Programme and was commissioned by BandBazi with the assistance of Arts Council England.
At Pegasus, Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RE
Friday 4 November 8pm
Tickets £12, £8 concessions, £6 U18
Box Office 01865 812 150
Pegasus website www.pegasustheatre.org.uk