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Now an open mic for theatre is encouraging amateurs to experiment with novice audiences.

art and culture Updated: Mar 16, 2011 15:30 IST
Sharin Bhatti

After a two-year run with an open mic for music, poetry, comedy and even short film screenings, the folks at Bombay Elektrik Projekt are now opening up the stage for theatre. Called Stage Kraft, the middle room of Café Goa will now also be a make-shift stage for amateur thespians to test their playwright and acting skills.

Starting this Wednesday, Stage Kraft will entertain novice audiences with wholesome drama, monoacts and prop plays every fortnight. Sudeip Nair, co-director of BEP says that Stage Kraft was bred out of debutante playwright Saurabh Agarwal’s behest.

“We have been getting requests from theatre companies to stage plays. So we decided to organise a night curated only for theatre enthusiasts and those looking for a stage to perform at,” says Nair.

Experimental play
Agarwal will be staging Utter Cupidity, a montage of short plays that explore the different facets of a modern-day couple’s relationship. Agarwal, who is also acting in the play, will be sharing the stage with Apeksha Dandekar, Shamoly Khera and Nirmal Shah.

“It’s a dramedy and experimental in format, which is why I chose to open it in a non-judgmental environment. It’s almost like a test run and the audience reactions will help me gauge how well the play is received,” says Agarwal. Open mic theatre could indeed become a new amateur genre of theatre. Although different from street plays, which are based on current issues and social causes, there are no set rules to plays that can be enacted at Stage Kraft.

Nair explains, “It’s great for the performers, as well as for the audience. While the actors can understand the flaws and reception of their acts better, the audience is also exposed to new playwrights.”

Judging by the response to the first Stage Kraft, BEP will take a call on the periodicity of the event. For now it is fortnightly. “Utter Cupidity is a 40-minute play, hence there will be time for only one. Judging by the response and entries, we will be putting as many acts together in the forthcoming events as possible,” says Nair.

Stage Kraft will be held tonight at Cafe Goa, Bandra, 9.30 pm onwards.
Entry Rs 100.
Call 99879 45957 for details.