A Fine Balance | 2015


  1. An unnamed city by the sea. The Indian government has just declared a State of Emergency .

Four strangers – a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village are thrust together. Forced to share one cramped apartment.

From distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry is a sweeping saga that captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.

A Fine Balance was adapted for the stage by Britain’s Tamasha Theatre Company and we are grateful to them for letting us use their script, which we have used as the basis of our production.

Originally we wanted to do “A Fine Balance” in collaboration with TAPAC as part of the Readers and Writers Festival back in 2012. For various reasons it did not materialise then.

This play is more political and provocative than any of our previous works. A Fine Balance deals with age-old problems that surface time and again around the world and emphasises how politics indeed affect ordinary people.

This year being the 40th anniversary of the emergency rule in India bears special significance. We are proud to bring this epic novel live on stage in this tenth anniversary year of Prayas.

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Aamir Kapasi: Shanker/Potency Pedlar

Aakrithi Kumar: Woman 3/Nurse

Aman Bajaj: Rajaram/Doctor

Amit Ohdedar: Nusswan

Anisha Bhattacharya: Rani

Kaushik Balan: Tailor/Goonda/Man

Leela Patel: Dina

Mayen Mehta: Maneck

Mustaq Missouri: Ishvar

Nona Shedde: Mrs. Gupta

Pauras Rege: Ashraf

Prateek Vadgaonkar: Om

Raj Singh: Beggar Master

Rishab Kapoor: Vishram/Ibrahim

Shweta Tomar: Woman

Sudeepta Vyas: Ruby/ Puppeteer

Tara Ranchhod: Leila/Sita

Utsav Patel: Monkey-man


Ritesh Vahgela

Marie Sarasvati Wilis

Dhruv Mody

Karen Plimmer


Director: Ahi Karunaharan

Assistant: Sananda Chatterjee

Music Direction and Sound Design: Ritesh Vaghela

Set Designer: Sean Hurst

Lighting Design: Michael Craven

Costume Design: Padma Akula

Stage Manager: Lajja Prajapati

Production Manager: Sandeep Jeram

Photography: Julie Zhu

Creative Design: Bhavnesh Soni

Publicist: Elephant Publicity

Marketing & Publicity: Sudeepta Vyas, Zetin Moza

Producer: Amit Ohdedar and Padma Akula


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[tab:Media & Reviews]

Lumiere http://lumiere.net.nz/index.php/a-fine-balance-young-and-hungry-2015/

The best thing audiences can do to support such ambitious storytelling is to continue filling seats. This is a theatrical experience not to be missed. 

NZ Herald http://m.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11527425

It is in the art of story-telling that the drama really comes to life with exquisite word pictures conjuring up luminous portraits of the novel’s unforgettable characters …the production has a mesmerising quality that makes the two-hour running time fly past.

Theatreview http://www.theatreview.org.nz/reviews/review.php?id=8558

It’s the perfect choice for Prayas’ 10th anniversary production and we in The City of Sails should be proud to have a theatre company prepared to create big works with universal themes that come from the sub-continent. Cast and crew can be rightly proud of their achievement. They haven’t backed off any aspect of Mistry’s fantastic book and we, their audience, are the beneficiaries. Namaste, Prayas. Namaste.  

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