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For the love of theatre

Three DU students take their passion a notch higher by setting up their own production house.

art and culture Updated: Jul 07, 2012 00:55 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

Stills from their previous plays, in which the founders of Turntable Productions had performed

The three friends are different in every possible way, but a common passion that unites them is theatre. The thirst to experiment compelled these third year students of Delhi University’s Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) to come up with a theatre production house. And, they are all set to roll out its first production this month.

Called the Turntable Productions, the house started in February this year. The trend of college students or alumni starting theatre companies has been around for a while, but the trio say that for them, it happened by chance. “Three of us were active in organising Histrionica, the college theatre fest and we enjoyed this new profile, as otherwise we would only be acting or directing,” says Medha Bankwal, 20, a co-founder.

It was then that the thought of producing plays crossed their minds. However, it's not a ‘for friends’ and ‘of friends’ thing, they caution. “So, we had proper auditions for our first production. The response was good, and 90 students had applied for it,” says Shoury Gupta, 20, co-founder of Turntable Productions.

“We are totally different from eachother, while I prefer details, Shoury is very punctual and Prateek is good at handling finances,” says Bankwal. But why this name? “We are so different that we all could not agree on one name, so a senior of ours suggested this name and we had no choice but to agree,” she says.

Their first production is a bilingual play titled Footnotes, an adaptation from One Million Tiny Plays About Britain by Craig Taylor. “The play is based on Delhi, about the daily things that happen here, which often go unnoticed,” says Prateek Handa, 20, co-founder.

The play is an amalgamation of around 20-25 short plays. The crew has 14 members. “This sets us apart. We wanted to begin with something different and experimental,” says Handa.

All the three founders are a part of the dramatic society of the college and as of now have no plans of leaving it. “The structure of the society is such that third year students don’t play a very important role. But none of us have any plans of quitting,” says Gupta. They hang out together, rehearse together and have become great friends. “It’s a group of fun-filled people with a serious motive,” says Bankwal.