The programme for the Dublin Theatre Festival has just been announced, and one of the more interesting looking events is Ganesh Versus the Third Reich by Back to Back theatre. It sounds a fascinating, many layered event.
The story begins with the elephant-headed god Ganesh travelling through Nazi Germany to reclaim the Swastika, an ancient Hindu symbol. As this intrepid hero embarks on his journey a second narrative is revealed: the actors themselves begin to feel the weighty responsibility of storytellers and question the ethics of cultural appropriation.
Cleverly interwoven in the play’s design is the story of a young man inspired to create a play about Ganesh, god of overcoming obstacles. He is an everyman who must find the strength to overcome the difficulties in his own life, and defend his play and his collaborators against an overbearing colleague.
The show is made before our very eyes and takes on its own life. It invites us to examine who has the right to tell a story and who has the right to be heard. It explores our complicity in creating and dismantling the world, human possibility and hope.
O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere – Oct 1st to 4th
Looks like a trout provoking and complex play about my namesake! Ganesh, Wicklow.