Call Cutta at Home
7 - 17 April 2021 at 6.30pm an interactive online production via ZOOM
CALL CUTTA AT HOME
By Rimini Protokoll (Haug / Kaegi / Wetzel)
Wiltshire Creative are delighted to host this British premiere, from the internationally renowned theatre provocateurs Rimini Protokoll.
Call Cutta at Home is a beautiful, warm and charming piece of experiential theatre, taking a small audience of 30 at a time on a journey into the world of a foreign call centre worker through the means of an intercontinental video conference.
Ever wondered what the person you are talking to in a call centre on the other side of the world actually looks like? How are they set up to ‘work from home’ during the pandemic? What sort of person it takes to offer this kind of customer service?
At a time when the lines between our professional and personal lives have merged more than ever, the performers will show you their homes, talk about the economical and personal implications of their work in the Call Centres, the limitations of everyday life due to Covid-19 and gradually involve the audience - to the extent they wish - into this theatrical online gathering.
The viewers can convey what they are happy to about life where they live, perhaps feeling a sense of freedom from the sharing of an intercontinental cup of tea, at a time when our horizons have barely stretched a few miles beyond our own doorsteps...
More than 12 years ago Rimini Protokoll staged a 1:1 performative meeting between an Indian call centre employee and a European theatre visitor via telephone and video call. It started as a business talk and grew more and more private and intimate. “Call Cutta in a Box is arguably the most delightful, charming, engaging 50 minutes I have ever spent with a complete stranger.” wrote the The NZ Performing Arts Review & Directory on the original production of Call Cutta in a Box
Gareth Machin, Artistic Director of Wiltshire Creative, said: “Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to join a performance of Call Cutta at Home which was being presented as part of a theatre festival in Lima, Peru. The show is beautifully put together, full of warmth and charm and was the perfect antidote to the global gloom we have all been feeling. Once inside the zoom room, we meet two call centre workers and are encouraged to share our experiences and feelings about the isolation and challenges of the past year as well as reflecting on the people behind the telephone voices that play such a big part in our lives. At a time when we’ve all been locked down in our own homes, the opportunity to be invited inside the home of someone in a different country and from a different culture was joyful and refreshing. Sharing a cup of tea with thirty other people and seeing the quirks of so many different kitchens was a definite highlight for me. At a time when borders are closed, breaking down barriers and re-connecting with the outside world has never felt more important.”
Running time 70mins
This experience is an online interactive show via Zoom, during parts of the performance you will have the chance to interact with hosting performers in Calcutta, India, and Tallinn, Estonia. To participate we ask that there are times where you are prepared to be seen and heard via your device, so please make sure you can use a device with camera and microphone access. You may be asked to follow simple instructions by these performers for the purpose of the performance. To get the most out of this experience we advise that you use a portable computer, tablet or similar and use headphones during the performance. Pen and paper will also come in handy.
You'll receive an email the day before your scheduled performance time with your zoom link and password, please check your junk folder for this email if you have trouble finding it. If you haven't had your link and password on the day of your performance please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cast & Creatives
Idea, text, direction: Haug / Kaegi / Wetzel
Performers: Madhusree Mukherjee, Sunayana Roy
Technical: Ksenia Kozhevnikova
A production of Rimini Apparat, co-produced by VI International Summer Festival of Arts "The Access Point".
Call Cutta at Home St. Petersburg was supported by „Pro Helvetia“.
Based on idea of „Call Cutta“ – produced in 2005 by Goethe Institut Kolkata, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Rimini Apparat, and „Call Cutta in a Box“ – produced in 2008 by HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin.