Though theatre is clubbed under a single head, it has two main forms — street and stage. While the former uses open public spaces like market places and grounds for performance, stage plays are performed at designated places — theatres.
But clear enunciation, expression and voice modulation are common to both forms.
“Beyond these two things the requirement for each stage play is different and depends upon the characters and script. Though actors should be able to mould themselves in the required characters, casting is an important step,” said Keval Arora, head, Players, Kirori Mal College’s theatre group.
Use of lighting, stage props and sound is very crucial in stage plays and bad lighting or botched-up sound can make or break a performance.
For street theatre, skills such as musicality, rhythm and awareness are very important. “Street plays require you to have an in-depth knowledge about the prevalent social issues,” said Arvind Gaur, founder and director, Asmita Theatre Group.