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Theatre festival: Keeping it short and sweet

The 10-minute plays in this theatre festival are tailor-made for the T-20 generation.

art and culture Updated: Nov 17, 2011 01:35 IST
Chetna Dua

They are short and sweet, and sure to provoke your thoughts. After receiving tremendous response last year, The Short and Sweet Theatre Festival is back again in the city to woo viewers with its short 10-minute plays.

“In this age of fast food, 10-minute play is perfect to hold the attention of the audience. It is crisp and goes straight to the point without beating around the bush for long,” says Alex Broun, director of the festival, which kicked off yesterday at Epicentre in Gurgaon. The finale will be held on November 26 with 10 best plays from the 40 being staged at Habitat centre.

Short and sweetSpread across three venues in the city — India Habitat Centre, Epicentre and India Cultural Centre — the festival gives the opportunity to watch 40 plays from around the world. Plays, ranging from comedy to drama, thriller and romance, take you through a roller coaster ride.

“Last year, it had only 20 plays, while this time round there are 40 plays, out of which 32 are Indian,” says Michael Wood, executive producer of the festival.

The best of theatre groups from the city come together with fresh aspiring actors to participate in it. “Our aim is to encourage new talent and give a chance to aspiring actors and directors to portray their skills,” says Broun.

The festival, which has already been performed in Chennai and Mumbai this year, will be staged in Bangalore early next year. “The idea is to promote local talent and give chance to maximum people. So if we do a festival in Bangalore, the plays can be from around the world, but the actors and directors will be from the same city,” adds Broun.

Some of the plays to watch out for are Dastak, CONTROL Z and Inter/views.

Info Box: Short and Sweet Theatre Festival was started by Alex Broun (A theatre actor and writer) in Australia in 2002. It is a series of 10-minute plays put together for people with less time and attention span. The festival came to India in 2010 with the help of Australian Government through the Australia India Council and the Australia International Cultural Council.
Weblink: www.shortandsweet.org

Catch the plays here...
Week 1
When:
November 16th to 18th
Where: Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon
Tickets: Rs.350
Book at: www.bookmyshow.com; at the venue
Contact: 0124-2715000

Week 2
When:
November 22nd to 24th
Time: 7:30pm
Where: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Tickets: Rs.200 /300
Contact: 011-43663080

Wildcard Entries
When:
November 19th, 20th
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Azad Bhavan, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi
Entry: Free
Book: shortandsweetdelhi@gmail.com

Finale
When:
November 26th
Time: 7: 30pm
Where: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Tickets: Rs.250/350