Divesh Subaskaran on Life of Pi at Wales Millennium Centre

September 25, 2023 by

Divesh Subaskaran stars in Life of Pi  which will be playing at Wales Millennium Centre from 17– 21 October 2023


Based on Yann Martel’s best-selling novel – winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide – Life of Pi is a breath-taking new theatrical adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope.  After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a single lifeboat – a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a sixteen- year-old boy and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?



Mike Smith: How did you come to take the role?

Divesh Subaskaran: I auditioned early this year and got notice I had been offered the job a couple of months before rehearsals began.

MS: Has it been as expected?

DS: Not quite sure what I expected if I’m being honest. It’s been a real journey and still is. I have learned a lot from the creatives on the team as well as our cast. I have to say I am so glad I am surrounded by the people I work with as they continue to guide me in the right direction within the role and within myself.

MS: What is special about this being a stage show for people who know the film and of course the book?

DS: It’s live. That’s what’s special about it. People get to see the places, people, and animals that make up this beast of a story. It all unfolds right in front of you. The show with all of its elements is a spectacle and anyone in that shared space becomes part of it. A truly collaborative piece of theatre and an experience of which I’m truly grateful to be a part of.

MS: Did you come to the work with certain preconceptions of how it would work – and have they changed?

DS: I hadn’t the faintest clue how it was going to work! I remember reading the script and thinking how the hell are we going to do this? I was more curious than having any preconceptions really. Working with puppeteers and puppets was unchartered territory for me so I had to and am still learning to find ways to be a better 4th puppeteer and make those relationships clearer. There are different aspects to this production one has to be aware of and I thought the directors were great at making those distinctions and helping us understand how they all fit together.

MS: What do you think audiences will most enjoy?

DS: Watching Richard Parker try and kill Pi on several occasions.



MS: Will anything surprise them do you think?

DS: Well I can’t give that away can I? This play is full of surprises. Trust me.

MS: Do you think knowledge of the book and or film is necessary or helpful?

DS: I personally don’t think it is necessary however I am glad I have been a consumer of all three. They all tell the story in Pi’s perspective however with the play the story is told only days after Pi was found on a beach in Mexico. Lolita Chakrabarti (Pi’s playwright) has captured the essence of the story in such an exciting way using the hospital as a framing device to root the audience in some reality before she shoots us into Pi’s inner world.


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