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Theatre attack in DU

With the Atelier Campus Theatre Festival entering its fifth year, there is a lot to watch out for. Each year, the University witnesses quality theatre productions from different colleges that are on par with professional theatre.

art and culture Updated: Nov 11, 2011 00:46 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

There is no denying the fact that theatre movement has become a well-established affair in Delhi University (DU). Each year, the University witnesses quality theatre productions from different colleges that are on par with professional theatre. There are many facilitators of this movement. Atelier Campus Theatre (ACT) festival, which started in the year 2007, is one of them. ACT, since the past five years, has been organising a theatre festival that provides a wonderful platform to DU theatre societies for learning, discovering, and presenting their productions.

“This year, we have 21 productions in ACT that were selected out of 42 initial applications,” says Kuljeet Singh, the festival director. The festival opened with Manu Bhandari’s Mahabhoj that was directed by Singh with the students of Khalsa College. The first two days saw street theatre performances from colleges such as Lady Shri Ram College, Ramjas College, Hindu College and Hansraj. “We saw a very interesting performance, this year, by the students of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies. Titled, Tu Maar De Seeti, the play primarily revolved around the phenomenon of whistle-blowing,” says Singh.

Today, the festival will start its stage performances in Kamani Auditorium. It will open with Party — a play by the students of Miranda House, and will be followed by a non-verbal and self-scripted play by Roobaroo — a group of DU’s post graduate students. The festival will end on November 14 at Kink, Noida. The closing ceremony will see a performance by traditional Sufi performers, Baul from Kolkata.

ACT, for the first time, will travel to four different cities as part of their 2011 celebrations. “We went to Kolkata in July, now we are heading to campuses in Pune and Bangalore in the coming month,” says Singh. It also conducted a light workshop with DU students at the beginning of this festival.

Watch out for
Party - by students of Miranda House and What the ...! - by the group Roobaroo
Time: 5pm,
Date: November 11
Light on the Highway - by Kamala Nehru College and US Parr - by Hindu College
Time: 7pm,
Date: November 11
Three Blind Mice - by Shri Ram College of Commerce and The Cellar - by Hans Raj College
Time: 5pm,
Date: November 12
Bang Bang! You are dead - by Ramjas College and Class Enemy - by Kirori Mal College.
Time: 7pm,
Date: November 12

Catch them here
What: Atelier Campus Theatre Festival
On till: November 14
Timing: 5pm onwards
Where: Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi house on the blue line