• Kaivalya Plays

The Wire; 'Unravel': An Improv Play That Tackles the Stigma of Mental Health

Our new original play Unravel was reviewed by Mohini Gupta on behalf of The Wire India.

Performed at The Blank Canvas at Little Theatre Group (LTG) Auditorium in April 2019, Unravel is an interactive theatre pieces that looks at mental health through the lens of improvisational theatre (aka improv). Read more about the production here.


Here is a short excerpt from the review:

It isn’t everyday that I leave a theatre feeling confused and guilty about my actions towards friends or loved ones experiencing mental health issues. Unravel made me feel exactly that.


Unravel is a first-of-its-kind improv theatre performance by Kaivalya plays, an independent Delhi-based theatre group. Originally conceptualised by the group for a grant by the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhawan in 2016, the play consists of improvisation exercises and physical games to address issues of mental health. Director Varoon P. Anand explains his motivation: “While improvisation made us laugh together it also clearly did more. In my case, specifically, it allowed me to battle episodes of depression… This piece seeks to explore a theoretical connection between the techniques of improvisation and its therapeutic effects on anxiety, depression, manic depression, bipolar disorder and other possible mental health disorders.”

Read the full review on the website of The Wire here.
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