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Confessions on stage

Russian play I Am Edith Piaf, based on the life of a well-loved singer will be staged in the city today,as part of Atelier’s Youth Theatre Week.

art and culture Updated: Dec 07, 2010 15:27 IST
Jayeeta Mazumder

The inaugural ceremony of Atelier’s Youth Theatre Week 2010 presented by Hindustan Times in association with UTV World Movies, had already set the stage. The Mumbai leg of this Delhi event brought together professional and college theatre production groups on the same platform. Some of the plays being staged at the event include Hoo lalala (Treasure Tower), Dirty Talk, Dil-e-Nadaan (Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce, Pune) and Ambedkar Aur Gandhi (Asmita Theatre).

A select audience at the inauguration was left impressed by glimpses of performances by a Russian theatre troupe from Yakutia, as they sang their national songs. There was even a folk dance wherein they were joined by those present. The group - Theatre of the Young Spectator of the Sakha Republic, Yakutia - is all set to present their theatre production, I Am Edith Piaf, today. Festival director Kuljeet Singh says, “It’s an intense play about a woman who explores all known human emotions.”

The play, written by a French playwright, has been adapted by the group in the Russian language. It will trace the confessions of Edith Piaf, a French singer, loved and adored, and still remembered. “The play is in Russian but the plot is universal and easy to understand,” Singh explains, adding that the event’s primary aim is to encourage theatre on campus, whether they are based on original scripts or adaptations.

“This time, mostly professional theatre groups applied; hopefully we’ll get more applications from college campuses in Mumbai next year.”