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World is their stage

art and culture Updated: Sep 13, 2012 01:14 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times
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Here’s your chance to witness university theatre at its best. The fifth leg of the University Ibsen Festival is back and aims to popularise plays by the 19th century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen with Indian theatre directors.

Organised by Dramatic Art and Design Academy (DADA) in collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the festival will showcase unique adaptations of Ibsen’s works. “The festival this year is an attempt to look at new theatre ideas connected with Ibsen productions,” says Dr Nissar Allana, director, DADA.

The five plays to be staged this year include those by Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Ramjas, Maitreyi, St Stephen’s college and Jawaharlal Nehru University.

To do justice to the script, students of Shunya, the dramatics society of Ramjas College, travelled to villages in and around Delhi. The team will be presenting Jai Jawan Party, an adaptation of The League of the Youth. “Though we have adapted it to fit the village scenario, the play will be driven by the characters and not the story,” says Shubham Bhatia, the play’s director play and a third year student of the college.

The actors from Maitreyi College would be addressing a social issue through their play — Bipolars, based on Hedda Gabler. “We have not adapted the whole script. The story revolves around three protagonists. We want to bring out the debate of female sexuality through this play,” says Deepmala Tiwari, a third year student who is part of Abhivyakti, the college’s dramatics society.

The dramsoc of Lady Shri Ram college will present Burn, an adaptation from the plays Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen and Look Back In Anger by John Osborne. “The play is a parallel of three stories and revolves around emotions,” says Yama Seth, one of the actors and a third year student.

While Ibsen’s popular play An Enemy of People will be presented by the Shakespeare Society of St Stephen’s College, the members of The School of Arts & Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University will present Lady From The Sea.

Who was Henrik Ibsen?
Henrik Ibsen (1828- 1906) was a playwright, poet and theatre director from Norway. Some of his most popular works include An Enemy of the People, A Doll’s House, The Master Builder, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler amongst many others. He wrote all his plays in Danish and most of his plays were based in Norway. His plays were often labelled indecent for the era he wrote in. He is also known as “The Father of prose drama”.

Watch it live...
What: University Ibsen Festival 2012
Where: LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg
Timings: 7pm onwards
Tickets: Rs 75, Rs 50 (at the venue)
When:
Lady From the Sea—Sep 19,
Jai Jawan Party—Sept 20,
An Enemy of the People—Sept 21,
Burn—Sept 22,
Bipolars—Sept 23
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on the Blue Line

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