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Here are five must-watch plays from this year’s Centrestage

HT48HRS_Special Updated: Nov 26, 2015 18:06 IST
Poorva Joshi
Poorva Joshi
Hindustan Times
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A still from Heeba Shah’s Parindon Ki Mehfil

In 2009, the National Centre for the Performing Arts set out to host a series of plays in the city that aimed to showcase only experimental works of theatre. The idea was to present unique stories, that transcended the boundaries of language and gave the audience a wide range of contemporary works to choose from.

Sharad Joshi Express

On: Saturday, November 28

Language: Hindi

A tribute to the great satirist Sharad Joshi, the play chronicles five stories by him, all interconnected with a musical treatment. Most of Joshi’s works focus on humour and tales of the common man. All five stories take place at the railway station.

Directed by: Mayank Pahwa

Where: Godrej Dance Theatre

Tickets: Rs 250 onward

When: 5pm

Parindon Ki Mehfil

On: Saturday, November 28

Language: Hindustani (traditional Hindi)

A theatre adaptation of the Persian poem, Conference of the Birds, by Phulmani Varma, the story recounts the longing of a group of birds’ to know the great Simorgh. The Simorgh is a bird from Iranian mythology, often referred to as the phoenix in Sufi literature. As the birds embark on their journey, they all opt out one by one, each offering an excuse as to why they are unable to endure the journey. Each bird has a special significance that corresponds to a human flaw.

Directed by: Heeba Shah

Where: Experimental Theatre

Tickets: Rs 400 onward

When: 7pm

The Living Room

On: Sunday, November 29

Language: English

Kalki Koechlin’s directorial debut, the play takes place in a world where time is of no consequence. The story is set in Ana Nil’s living room where Death is a character as real as the people around us. Simultaneously, other characters such as Ana’s estranged lover Jo, her rich godson Born Kuber and Dr Zeus enter the house. What ensues is chaos.

Written and Directed by: Kalki Koechlin

Where: Experimental Theatre

Tickets: Rs 400 onward

When: 3pm and 7pm

A still from Vipul Mahagaonkar’s Spandan


On: Monday, November 30

Language: Marathi

An adaptation of A Letter to a Child Never Born, a novel by Italian author and journalist Oriana Fallaci, the story is narrated though a letter written by a young woman to her foetus. It details her struggles to choose between her beloved career and the unexpected pregnancy. As it probes the psyche and the conscience, the story highlights the doubts and dreams of motherhood.

Adapted and directed by: Vipul Vilas Mahagaonkar

Where: Godrej Dance Theatre

Tickets: Rs 150 onward

When: 5pm

Kasumal Sapno

On: Thursday, december 3

Language: Rajasthani

A regional rendition of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the play is set in the mythical land of Athens. The story depicts the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interaction with woodland fairies. The play will mingle the elements of the original story by Shakespeare with the nuances of the ethnic Rajasthani culture.

Directed by: Ajeet Singh Palawat

Where: Experimental Theatre

Tickets: Rs 200 onward

When: 7pm

First Published: Nov 26, 2015 00:00 IST