With festive fervour gaining pace in colleges across the Capital, the stage is set for all kinds of theatre productions, too. This weekend, Delhi will see a bunch of performances by dramatics societies of various colleges. And the aim is to raise social awareness more than just to entertain. Chennai-based group Theatre Y will perform Reality, a play based on Manjula Padmanabhan’s book Hidden Fires, at various venues, including NMML (Teen Murti Bhavan, September 27, 6 pm). They are performing under the banner of Jashn-e-Aman, a peace initiative by the UN Millennium Campaign.
Hidden Fires is a series of five monologues on riot victims, reality shows, proactive citizens etc. The play is an adaptation of these monologues. Theatre Y, which aims at creating an informal space for art, has also planned a theatre workshop with street kids on September 25, after which the production will be showcased at Dilli Haat at 5.30 pm.
Hindu College’s theatre society Ibtida’s new production is a self-scripted play, Kamra Khula Hai, which urges people to break free from the confined patterns of thinking. The play explores issues of friendship and freedom and how a difference of opinion over these two leads to a serious conflict. Also lined up is a street play Kami Nahi Hai, which revolves around an ideal system of waste disposal and recycling of waste in cities. Both will be performed at the upcoming IIT-Delhi Fest on September 25 and 26.
Another production lined up for this weekend is Ki Farak Painda Hai, a street play by the Sri Venkateshwara College dramatics society. The play revolves around the careless attitude of individuals and portrays how the youth is simply “not interested” in joining the defence forces. In a nutshell, it urges Indians to take responsibility for a better and bright future of the country. The play will be performed at IIT-Delhi on September 25.