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Spotlight on campus theatre

With more than 22 groups from the crème de la crème of the campus theatre scene, Atelier’s 3rd Theatre Youth Week — presented by Atelier Expressions and HT City — promises to be a celebration of theatrical excellence.

art and culture Updated: Nov 05, 2009 18:07 IST
Damini Purkayastha

As Jashnebachpan, the children’s theatre fest winds up, kicking off next week is another theatre extravaganza. With more than 22 groups from the crème de la crème of the campus theatre scene, Atelier’s 3rd Theatre Youth Week — presented by Atelier Expressions and HT City — promises to be a
celebration of theatrical excellence.

This past week, over 42 groups from 26 colleges auditioned for a chance to perform at the festival. Of those, 22 will be shortlisted for 12 stage plays and 10 street plays, that’ll be performed at venues across the city. The festival officially starts on November 13 with The Circus, a performance by the Actor Factor Theatre Company. From November 18 to 21, three plays will be staged at the Sri Ram Centre by college groups everyday, and at 7.30 pm there will be a performance by a professional theatre group.

Forty groups, 20 from places other than Delhi, auditioned to perform the professional play of which four — Asmita, Atelier, Actor Factor Company and Mumbai-based director Manav Kaul — were selected by a panel. Each day will also see a key celebrity speaker, a theatre expert, who will address the questions of the audience, such as Lushin Dubey, Gul Panag, Saurabh Shukla, Vinay Pathak, Piyush Mishra and Bubbles Sabharwal.

While Asmita’s Ambedkar Aur Gandhi, based on Rajesh Kumar’s play, takes on the Gandhi-Ambedkar debate, Atelier’s production, Antigone, is based on Jean Anouilh’s 1943 play set in Nazi-occupied France. Actor Factor Company’s The Leela Tapes - A Shocking Tale of Revenge promises to be an enthralling mystery, while Ilham by Kaul looks at the self-enlightenment.

For details log on to www.atelierexpressions.com