The final year students of Lalit Kala Kendra of Savitrabhai Phule Pune University or SPPU performed a Marathi adaptation of an internationally renowned British play by Martin Crimp called ‘Attempts on Her Life’ as part of their annual theatre production.
The play stands for one of the higher points of experimental theatre. Even though the play was written in 1997, the Marathi version of it, titled – ‘Tichi 17 Prakarne’- was written by Pradeep Vaiddya in 2010. Alok Rajwade was the director for the play this year. He had also directed the play in Marathi previously and helped the students put together the play.
In the original version of the play, the main character was called ‘Anne’ and had seventeen situations revolving around her. Similarly, ‘Tichi 17 Prakarne’ had a central character named ‘Aashi’ and seventeen different situations revolving around her.
In accordance with the Marathi adaptation by Vaiddya, the woman protagonist is shown from the perspective of different characters throughout the several scenes. The way the play is supposed to be performed is with its 17 scenes.
The order of these scenarios and appearance of the character is supposed to be non-linear and that is how the play was put up on stage.