Inspired by the curious cases of ‘Johatsu’ or ‘The Evaporated People’ of Japan, “Fly by Night’, is an attempt to understand the phenomenon of disappearance by choice. When the promise of career, financial stability, satisfying personal relationships or a social life come crumbling down, for some there’s an alternative route. But it involves dropping off the map; leaving behind loved ones, memories and carefully constructed lives, only to be restarted in undisclosed locations with uncertain futures.
And since we live in times where there’s a service for everything, a tiny cafe run by a certain, flamboyant Aunty, responds to the need of the hour with a band of twilight movers. With a range of quirky characters, the play looks at the dilemma of the people disappearing and those left behind through the lens of tragic-comedy .
Being most intrigued by the idea of orchestrating one's own disappearance from society, we came across the phenomenon of 'Johatsu' in Japan, a practise of vanishing when things take a turn for the worst. Being trapped in a financial or personal or maybe even ideological crisis, leads some to believe that one just can't go on being the same person anymore. Even more fascinating, were articles and accounts of agencies and middle-(wo)men, who provide nothing less than a creative services solution for this dilemma!
We wanted to create a world on stage that explores this alternative route, the underbelly and ecosystem that thrives when people want to eject from a more mainstream life and identity. Since our interest has always been in captivating storytelling, we found a ridiculous but pathetic mingling of situations and people to create 15 scenes of disappearance or Fly By Night!