To our delight a “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare

A “Twelfth Night” performed by The Filter Theatre , UK at SAI International School

“If music be the food of love, play on!” ‘Twelfth Night – A story of romance, satire and mistaken identity’

The British Council in association with SAI International School Bhubaneswar presented an astounding show that none would want to miss— Filter Theatre’s acclaimed Twelfth Night, a fast and furious reworking of Shakespeare’s well-known work. Twelfth Night was performed at SAI International School on 4 December.


Twelfth Night is a fresh, unconventional and interactive experience with the feel of an intimate, rock gig. It is a radically-cut, fast-paced and extremely accessible version of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy. It is an intelligent approach by a strong ensemble with striking new techniques that renews the power of Shakespeare for a 21st century audience. Filter Theatre’s production (in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company) showcases the madness of love in this heady world, where riotous gig meets Shakespeare.

Filter Theatre is one of the UK’s best and boldest devising companies. This radical and riotous interpretation of the classic Twelfth Night, is directed by Sean Holmes and re-directed by Oliver Dimsdale and Ferdy Roberts. The play revolves around the collision of two worlds – Olivia’s melancholic, puritanical household clashes with Sir Toby Belch’s drunken revelry. Orsino’s relentless pursuit of Olivia and Malvolio’s extraordinary transformation typify the madness of love in Illyria: land of make-believe and illusion.


Sujata Sen, Director, British Council, East India, said, “We are pleased to bring Filter Theatre to India for the very first time. Shakespeare is one of the UK’s greatest icons, and as we approach his 400th death anniversary in April 2016, we will have a year-long celebration entitled ‘Shakespeare Lives’. Filter Theatre’s production is a reimagining of ‘Twelfth Night’ which makes it accessible to modern day audiences. I am sure audiences in Bhubaneswar will enjoy this experience. We are delighted to partner with SAI International School who have been our partner in many schools projects over the years.”

Dr Bijoy Kumar Sahoo, Chairman, SAI International School said: “It is a matter of great pride and pleasure for the school to host Filter Theatre’s Twelfth Night. This not only entertained our students but gave them an invaluable chance to appreciate Shakespeare’s drama.”

Filter Theatre has already performed in Delhi, Chandigarh and Kolkata. After Bhubaneswar they travel to Hyderabad, Goa and Mumbai next. They not only perform in India but are holding workshops for schools and theatre professionals on performing Shakespeare’s plays and making them relevant for current times.


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