Theatre lovers in the Capital have yet another treat to look forward to, as the city will play host to a contemporary new-age theatre festival in the city.
Organised by Shoelace Productions, the event, Prayog - an experimental theatre festival, aims to promote original theatre and new playwrights in the city. “Most of the stories performed on stage these days are from a different era or culture, usually the 1970s and 80s or Shakespeare. But what about our present day stories? Be it love, heartache or the struggle for identity, the tribulations of the current generation are very different from previous generations. It is important to present these stories on stage right now,” says Deepak Dhamija, curator of the festival.
While Mumbai has the event, Writer’s Bloc, to encourage new writers, Delhi does not have such a festival yet. “I hope Prayog encourages new writers in the city to write and stage the stories happening around us,” he adds.
Planned to be an annual affair, the festival begins this year with three plays — Ilham, Park and Laal Pencil by contemporary playwright Manav Kaul. The three plays display a variety of genres by the playwright. While Ilham is a philosophical play on the results of enlightenment, Park throws light on the ‘juvenile’ act of fighting for land and Laal Pencil is about a magical world where the pencil does all the thinking and writing for a human being. “My stories are inspired by the reality around me. I am not trying to give any particular message through them,” says Kaul.
Though the plays have been performed for a select audience at a couple of awards in the city, it is the first time that they will be staged for the public by Aranya, which is Kaul’s theatre group. Kaul is looking forward to the reactions of the Delhi Audience. “Delhi has a great mix of serious theatre-goers with years of experience, and the youth is filled with fresh ideas. I am excited about their feedback after they watch the plays,” he says.
Catch them live here...
What: Prayog Festival
When: October 26-28
Timing: 6pm and 7.30pm
Entry: Rs. 150, Rs. 250, Rs. 350 available at www.indianstage.in
Where: LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on Blue line