Thespo, the well known theatre platform in the city has been organising an annual festival for more than a decade now. An initiative of the Theatre Group Bombay and Q Theatre Productions (QTP), Thespo encourages young theatre aficionados in the country by giving them an opportunity to hone their talents on a professional stage. This year, the festival will take place from December 11 to 16. The screening process for the plays that will be staged at the festival will commence at the end of September and a panel of theatre professionals will judge them in Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, New Delhi, Nagpur and Ahmedabad. Out of all the plays staged in the different cities, six will make it to the festival in December.
The selection will be on the basis of the script and the use of sets, lights, sounds, props and costumes. “We have got 97 registrations this year, including plays from cities like Srinagar, Gubhana (Haryana), Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh,” says Toral Shah, team Thespo, QTP. “Our idea this year is to reach out to cities where the theatre culture hasn’t fully evolved and to connect with young people there,” says Quasar Thakore Padamsee, team Thespo, QTP.
However, this time around, apart from recognising young talent and providing guidance and training, Thespo 14 will also welcome music bands and writers. Each day of the festival will start with a live band performance followed by a short play. “We also release an annual magazine and welcome writers to contribute to it. Besides information about the festival, the magazine will have interviews with theatre veterans,” says Shah.