After recovery from a leg injury, Rinkoo Barpaga who is described by peers as, “A brave new theatre maker”, will be ready in the new year will explore Chocolat in more depth. A big thank you to China Plate and First Bite for the three days in a rehearsal studio and performance showcase that kick starting this ground breaking project.
Rinkoo and his artistic team will be presenting a scratch in April 2020 at Camden Peoples Theatre – watch this space. In September 2019 Rinkoo joined the Without Walls Discovery Bursary program Inspired by the visit to Art By the Sea in Bournemouth, after the scratch at Camden Peoples Theatre Rinkoo seeks to test the new work and venture outdoors to a small intimate circus marquee. Coventry looks like the place to be, but Rinkoo welcomes interest in the development of the new work from any organised outdoor arts festival interested in developing new work with new themes for new audiences. The goal is to submit Chocolat for a Without Walls commission in July 2020, ready for 2021.
The aims of “Chocolat” in early 2019.
“Rinkoo is a stand up comedian and Urban Sign Language user. He will imitate Chocolate The Clown, use slapstick and clowning to put in a nutshell the history of racism and Deaf oppression and to show the creativity of those who find themselves doubly excluded. Rinkoo identifies with Rafael Padilla’s lie and his desire to play Othello; Rinkoo puts a contemporary spin on the story by collaborating with actor Stephen Collins. Together they will devise a process to make a Deaf led show, that captures how it is now for a Culturally Deaf Indian theatre maker.
Photographed by Arnim Friess Derby Theatre First Bite