On the fourth day of Atelier’s 3rd Youth Theatre Week, organised by the Atelier Theatre Society and Rock Castle in association with HT City, the focus shifted from street plays to proscenium performances.
The day kicked off with plays by four Delhi University colleges. Eminent film and theatre personalities like Gul Panag, Saurabh Shukla and Bubbles Sabharwal were present at the occasion to boost the morale of the young actors and directors. The opening play was Lady Shri Ram College’s (LSR) Hairy Tales from Here and There, that explored the histories and identities of a range of characters vis-à-vis their hair. “The entire play is in verse and is set around a tree of hair where all the characters come and talk about their lives”, says Bedatri Datta, a student.
Another play that was appreciated by the audience was Sri Ram College of Commerce’s Maujood, which depicted boredom in human life in a subtle and contemporary way. It was followed by Miranda House’s Kindertransport and Gargi College’s Lights Out. Appreciating the actors, Bubbles Sabharwal said, “I’m so impressed by the performances and the fact that these students are self-scripting and directing these plays.”
The fest also witnessed a performance by the finalists of HT City’s ‘It is Time’ contest. The first team to qualify was LSR. Their playlet, Aakhir, talked about various Dalit issues and its impact on society and the education system.
“With Atelier, we want to create a cultural movement across campus. The students come up with such innovative ideas. They definitely need a platform to showcase their talent and we wish to do so through Atelier’s Theatre Week ever year,” says festival director Kuljeet Singh. The evening saw a performance by aRanya Theatre Group, titled iLHAM. Directed by Manav Kaul, it portrayed the life of a middle class man eager to take a leap into childhood, but who is held back by the fear of losing his past as well as his present.