Atelier’s Youth Theatre Week (AYTW) presented by Hindustan Times in its fourth year saw some of the most outstanding performances by students from Delhi University. The festival not only provided a platform to young actors and directors to perform but also gave them an opportunity to interact with the pioneers from the field of theatre.
“Atelier’s theatre week is becoming better and better. I am overwhelmed to see the quality and standard of performances from campus, this year”, says actor Saurabh Shukla, who is attending the festival for the last two years.
“The festival has definitely gone to another level and even the audience gave a great response this time.”
The festival that opened on November 15, saw 22 performances from campus and a professional performance by theatre actor Lushin Dubey, Untitled, directed by Arvind Gaur. Besides stage performances, the festival also saw some fresh elements from the street play performances.
“We have seen a tremendous change in almost all the performances since our start in 2007,” says the festival director, Kuljeet Singh. “Some of the street performances like Bazaar by Khalsa College and Dhappa-Teri Den by Venkateswara College are introducing an alternate space in theatre and we want to carry this wave forward.”
In the coming months, Atelier will also be seen in Mumbai and Bangalore. “Campus theatre is an integral part of AYTW and we want to take it beyond Delhi and we plan to have an all India campus theatre festival in future,” adds Singh.
The closing ceremony of the festival on November 22 also announced a unique opportunity for all the participants of the festival. Bollywood casting director Mukesh Chhabbra who was also present throughout the festival, announced that he would be holding auditions at the Atelier studio for some of his upcoming projects in Bollywood.
“It’s an opportunity we are really looking forward to. Atelier provides an amazing exposure that is very helpful for young actors and directors like us”, says Mishika Singh from Kamala Nehru College. The closing ceremony also saw musical performances by rock bands Prithvi, Five8 and Jasleen Royal under the banner of Rock Castle.