As 2012 winds up, Delhiites can get a glimpse of the best theatre plays that came out this year at the Old World Theatre Festival this month. Beginning October 12, the festival will stage seven plays over 10 days covering different genres. “Since Delhiites already have easy access to theatre groups in the city, we are trying to bring them the best plays of the year that’s gone by, from other cities apart from Delhi, during this festival,” says Vidyun Singh, Director, Programmes, IHC. The festival will begin with the premier of Mahesh Dattani’s Where Did I Leave My Purdah. Directed by Lillete Dubey, the play revolves around the story of an actor during partition.
In tune with today’s generation is Anuvab Pal’s The Bureaucrat - A Comedy, inspired by Anna Hazare’s protest.
Though in its 11th year, there are many firsts associated with this festival. The National school of Drama Repertory comes to the festival for the first time with Dafa 292 — an Urdu short story during the 1940s and 50s, which is based on the life and times of late Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto. The festival marks the directorial debut of actor Nandita Das in theatre with the play, Between the Lines. Revolving around the life of an affluent couple who’s professional rivalry affects their personal equation, the play also pairs Das with her husband Subodh Maskara on stage for the first time. “The plays also marks Subodh’s acting debut,” says Das, adding, “I am looking forward to performing in Delhi after eight years. The crowd in Delhi is very enthusiastic and vibrant.”
The festival provides an opportunity to budding directors and actors under The Collegiate Theatre category every year. Seven of the best plays from the university will be staged simultaneously at the amphitheatre during the festival. Plays from colleges such as Maitreyi, Ramjas, Kirori Mal, Lady Shri Ram, Indraprastha College for Women, SGTB Khalsa and Hansraj will be performed during the festival. “We try to display the year’s best college plays. Apart from the script, it’s the direction, design and acting that are the key factors for selecting plays,” says Keval Arora, curator, Collegiate Theatre.
Watch out for:
6.30pm and 8pm:
Where did I leave my Purdah?
Written by Mahesh Dattani and directed by
6pm and 8.15pm:
directed by Rahul da Cunha;
October 14 and 15;
directed by Danish Hussain;
October 16 and 17;
Dafa 292 ;
directed by Anoop Trevedi;
6.30pm and 8.30pm,
Nothing Like Lear,
directed by Rajat Kapoor
October 19 and 20;
Between the lines;
Directed by Nandita Das;
4pm and 7pm
Catch it here
What: Old World Theatre festival
When: October 12 to 21
Where: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road
Tickets: R100, R300, R400
Available at: Can be purchased at the venue.
For more info: www.habitatworld.com
Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market