How to Skin a Giraffe - Metro Plus Theatre Festival 2013 - Hyderabad

How to Skin a Giraffe - Metro Plus Theatre Festival 2013 - Hyderabad


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How to Skin a Giraffe - Metro Plus Theatre Festival 2013 - Hyderabad


Quirkily named ‘How to Skin a Giraffe’, is inspired by ‘Leonce and Lena’ by Georg Büchner, which is considered a comedy and apparently, is Büchner’s only humorous work. Büchner takes a satirical look at some of his favourite subjects such as idleness, boredom, love, autocratic government and using people as puppets.

With the addition of live music, songs and movement combined with a colourful set, ‘How to Skin a Giraffe’ adds vibrancy to Büchner’s original work.


Directed by: Rajiv Krishnan


Playwright: Devised by Perch and Rafiki (inspired by 'Leonce and Lena' by Georg Buchner)

The play ‘How to Skin a Giraffe’ is inspired by the play ‘Leonce and Lena’ by the iconic German Playwright, Goerg Büchner.


Language: English (with other languages)


Duration: 100 minutes


Time: 7.30 p.m. onwards


About the group:

Perch is an active theatre group based in Chennai. Perch’s plays include ‘… And Sunshine Follows The Rain’, ‘Sangathi Arinhya! (have you heard!)’ ’Ms. Meena’, ‘Jujubee’, a play for children and others, most of which have been staged widely both at festivals and other venues.

Rafiki, in Kiswahili, which means ‘friend’ is a theatre group out of Bengaluru, active since 1996. In addition to being involved in theatrical productions, Rafiki works consistently with schools with a Theatre in Education programme. Its recent productions and collaborations include ‘Woza Albert!’, ‘An Evening with Anton Chekhov’ (2012) and ‘The Fabulous Adventures of Aditi and Friends’.

‘How to Skin a Giraffe’ is the second collaboration between Perch and Rafiki after ‘Ms. Meena’ (2010).


Director's quote:

I hope that our play will entertain, engage and hopefully leave you with something to think about.



Sachin Gurjale

Amjad Prawej

Anand Sami

Iswar Srikumar

Ravindra Vijay

Karuna Amarnath

Ashiqa Salvan

Rency Philip



Musicians: Anushka Meenakshi and Vedanth Bharadwaj




Costumes: Kaveri Lalchand


Sets and Props design: Kalpana Balaji and John V. Mathew


Set Construction: Choudary Technical Ship Services P. Ltd.


Lighting Design and Execution: John V. Mathew and Kalpana Balaji


Production: Niren Saldanha


Script: Devised by Perch (inspired by ‘Leonce and Lena’ by Georg Buchner and an adaptation by Rashmi Ruth Devadasan)


Direction: Rajiv Krishnan

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