Pickle Factory Special: Caitlin

Pickle Factory, in partnership with Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet, is delighted to present 8 days of engagements in Calcutta and Bolpur with Light Ladd and Emberton from Cardiff, centring around their award-winning production CAITLIN.

The project is supported by British Council and Wales Arts International, with local partners Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata, Padatik Theatre, Think Arts and Kala Bhavana.

Caitlin was the wife of poet Dylan Thomas. At the start of the 1970s, twenty years after he died, she started going to Alcoholics Anonymous. In a circle of 40 chairs, set out for an AA meeting Caitlin makes a determined effort to deal with her tempestuous past. The audience of just 20 people sits with Caitlin in the circle as she revisits her life with Dylan. The unoccupied chairs become part of the action in this physical and powerful duet. The audience are placed at the heart of action and are witness to Caitlin’s recounting of a relationship that was fuelled by love, addiction, jealousy and infidelity. The work is brutal and tender, physically powerful and at times, grotesque.


Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 7pm (followed by a post-show discussion)
Thursday, 24 January 2019. 7pm
Friday, 25 January, 6pm and 8pm

Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata
(Park Mansions, Gate 4, 57A, Park St, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016)

The production is advised for audiences of 15 years and above.

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Only 20 seats per show.
Passes @ Rs. 500/-

Saturday, 26 January 2019, 10am to 1pm
Padatik Theatre
(6/7 AJC Bose Road, Calcutta 700017)

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Discounts available if you book a performance and the workshop together.

Call 9007428375 or email [email protected] for more information.

Special Events

  • 19 and 20 January: a work demonstration and workshop on the making of Caitlin for the students of Kala Bhavana, Bolpur
  • 24 and 25 January, 11am: a special performance and workshop for teenagers. Contact [email protected] or call 9831256730 for more information.
  • 24 and 25 January: lectures by director Deborah Light  at Jadavpur University and Presidency University.
  • 26 January, 3.50pm, Western Quadrangle Victoria Memorial Hall: Troubled Genius – Manto and Dylan Thomas: Tracing the chaos and creativity of the writings. Eddie Ladd in conversation with Samantak Das, as part of Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet.
CAITLIN is presented as part of Wales in Kolkata, a season of Welsh arts activity and collaboration taking place in Kolkata this January. Supported by the British Council and Wales Arts International, Wales in Kolkata is a result of the relationships and networks formed by the 2017/18 #IndiaWales season, a major programme of artistic collaboration between Wales and India.

The CAITLIN Calcutta and Bolpur tour is produced by Vikram Iyengar
for Pickle Factory Dance Foundation and Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet.
Project Coordination: Vikram Iyengar
Project Manager: Dana Roy
Assistants: Aopala Banerjee, Debroop Chakraborty
Administration: Tamali Bhattacharya

Malavika Banerjee, Pratiti Ganatra, Ruchira Das, Anubha Fatehpuria, Sanchayan Ghosh,
Swati Ganguli, Nicola Morgan, Rebecca Gould, Cathy Gomez, Sharmistha Sarker, Friso Maecker,
Debaroti Chakraborty, A. P. Rajaram, Anuradha Lohia, Stephanie Samuel, Michael Rao,
Samantak Das, Indrani Chakaborti, Shonali Ganguli