Theatre in their blood

In our new weekly series on DU societies that make the campus culturally vibrant, LSR’s Dram Soc is the first.

art and culture Updated: Dec 13, 2010 01:02 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times

The lives of this group revolves around the stage. With around 50 members, this gang of girls loves to experiment with different genres of theatre. Lady Shri Ram College’s ‘Dram Soc’, as the drama society likes to be called, has a president, a general secretary and a treasurer, apart from those that put life into the acts.

“Our society is all about discovering yourself and forgetting your inhibitions," says Samira Khan, the president. “We spend the maximum time together, than with anybody else. We have become a family and share a bonding which is really rare,” says Apoorva Dey, the society’s general secretary, and the director of the street play, Yeh hai youngistaan.

One does not need to have a background from theatre or performing arts to be a part of their group. “Anyone can be a part for the society after clearing an audition round,” says Samira, a third year student of Psychology (Hons) and the director of the play, Veronica’s Room.

For the current year, the group has three productions out of which one is a stage play, while the other two are street plays.

Veronica's Room, the English stage production, is a psycho thriller that would keep you glued to your seats till the end.

The girls, who share a common love for theatre, also agree that there are more challenges that an all-girls college’s dramatics society faces as compared to other co-ed colleges.

“Almost all the scripts demand actors from both the genders. A girl enacting a male character is a challenging task in terms of body language and gestures,” says Iva Dikshit, a member of the society, and a first year student of English Honours.

From costumes, dialogues, direction to lights and back stage preparations, everything is done by the members of the society.

The teams of Yeh hai youngistaan, and Woh bheed nai woh main hi tha, the two street play productions of the society, are often seen practising in the back lawns of the campus. Along with performing at competitions, the students also engage in public performances. They recently performed at the Dilli Haat in south Delhi.

While the team for Veronica's Room, which recently performed at the Old World Theatre festival, is off to Bangalore for a competition at the National Law School, the street play group is busy preparing for a competition at the Management Design Institute at Gurgaon.

Meet the members
Yeh hai Youngistaan is a street play about the youth’s stand on various social issues
- Priya Prakash

The society is all about discovering yourself and forgetting your inhibitions
- Samira Khan

Expressions, voice modulation and comic timings are the qualities we look for
- Apporva Dey

What makes them click:
Passion for theatre
Active members: 50
Plays lined up:Yeh hai Youngistaan, Veronica’s room and Woh Bheed nahi woh main hi tha
Staff advisors: Deepti Nath, Kanchan Verma
How to be a member: Anyone can be a part of the society after clearing certain auditions

First Published: Dec 12, 2010 18:12 IST