We invite you to join our workshops at the Prithvi House

Rhythm, Architecture & Story‘ by Imogen Butler-Cole

Devising through physicality.
Monday 17th December 2018, 9 am to 1:30 pm

Prithvi House: Rs. 400/-
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This workshop will explore a series of devising exercises: how to use the body in story telling and architecture of space; how to accept rather than block the ideas of fellow performers and imaginative access to sense memory and the use of rhythm in storytelling.

About Imogen

Imogen Bulter Cole is a theatre maker, trainer and campaigner in the field of sexual violence and consent. She has created 5 devised plays which have ranged from street drug addiction, to the silencing of women and their stories. She directed a devised production based on ‘As You Like It’ exploring the theme Gender as a Construct for MA students of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, London. In 2006 she retrained in devised physical theatre with the aim of being able to create multi-lingual theatre. Her most recent manifestation ‘Foreign Body’, has been an award-winning debut solo performance.


‘Play it (W)right’ by Arghya Lahiri

An introduction to playwrighting.
Monday 17th December 2018, 2pm to 5pm

Tuesday 18th December 2018, 9am to 12pm
Prithvi House: Rs. 800/-
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The workshop will explore the elements that make drama effective. And the elements that make good drama so memorable and identifiable. This workshop aims to give rise to a series of approaches and perspectives that aid in the writing of plays.

About Arghya

Arghya Lahiri has worked in the theatre for almost twenty years, for the most part as a Lighting Designer and Director. He is one of the founder members of QTP. His directorial credits include: The Accidental Death of an Anarchist amongst many others. He was the dramaturge on Say, What? He has over seventy productions to his credit, in addition to live events and festivals. His first novel, ‘How Not To Make Money’, co-written with Raj Kundra, was published by Random House India.


‘Songify’ by Rahul daCunha & Bugs Bhargava Krishna

A workshop on musical theatre.
Tuesday 18th December 2018, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Prithvi House: Rs. 400/-
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This workshop will seek to understand what goes into writing a musical that is solely based on music with no dialogue or lyrics. It will show how musicals differ from plays in plot unfolding and storytelling. Lastly, it will also demonstrate the facilitators’ experiences in creating #SingIndiaSing from page to stage.

About Rahul and Bugs

Rahul and Bugs have been involved and worked in advertising and theatre for over 30 years. Rahul has written such plays as ‘Class of 84’, ‘Pune Highway’ and ‘I’m Not Bajirao’. Bugs has acted in regular plays for much of his career but is perhaps the one actor who has acted/sung in the most musicals in India.


‘For Dialogue or For Verse’ by Annie Zaidi

How to grow a narrative skin without shedding your own.
Wednesday 19th December 2018, 11 am to 5 pm
Prithvi House: Rs. 800/-
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Writing usually comes from a quiet, internal place in a writer’s head. There is very little room for other people there. Yet, we can draw upon others’ experiences, voices, skills in order to build our stories. This workshop aims to help participants write while actively seeking support from each other, and to allow their work to be influenced and changed through the process.

About Annie

Annie Zaidi’s body of work includes reportage, essays, fiction, drama, film and graphic storytelling. She is the author of Gulab, Love Stories # 1 to 14, and the co-author of ‘The Good Indian Girl’. She is also the editor of ‘Unbound: 2000 Years of Indian Women’s Writing’. Her play Untitled 1 won The Hindu Playwright Award 2018. A radio play, ‘Jam’ was regional (South Asia) winner at the BBC’s International Playwriting Competition.


‘What’s your Scene?’ by Irawati Karnik

Playwriting for young adults.
Thursday 20th December 2018, 10 am to 1:30 pm
Prithvi House: Rs. 400/-
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The workshop will introduce some tools and common practices and modes of play construction. We will try to acquire a sense of the journey an idea makes while becoming a play, with a focus on character and scene work.

About Irawati

Irawati Karnik is a Bombay-based writer and actor. As a playwright, she has written Gasha, Satellite City and C Sharp C Blunt; her Marathi plays include Aaltoon Paltoon, amongst many others. She was the dramaturge on the award winning Kaumudi and co-wrote Thook and Sex, Morality and Censorship. Irawati’s translations have been published by Oxford University Press. She has received the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar and the Zürcher Kantonalbank Patronage Prize among others.


Write to Devise’ by Faezeh Jalali

Staging to Paging.
Wednesday 20th December 2018, 2 pm to 5 pm
Friday 21st December 2018, 2 pm to 5 pm
Prithvi House: Rs. 800/-
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Has a picture, poem , photograph, painting, an incident, a letter or a piece of text caught your attention? You wish you could make a performance piece of it? This workshop will help you discover ways of exploring, dramatising, and creating a theatre piece based on something that inspires you. Your story, tell it your way, we’ll guide you.

About Faezeh

Faezeh is the Founder of the theatre collaborative, FATS Theatre, Mumbai. She is an actor, director, producer, choreographer, teacher, a runner, a bit of a writer and an aerialist. Her recent plays include the award-winning ‘Shikhandi – The Story of The In-betweens’ and the landmark ‘07/07/07’, about the rape and trial of the Iranian woman Reyhaneh Jabbari.


‘Crafting The Spoken Word’ by Ram Ganesh Kamatham

Shaping the rhythm and dialogue of a play.
Friday 21st December 2018, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm
Prithvi House: Rs. 400/-
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Hone your dialogue skills with the latest techniques drawing on contemporary dramaturgical approaches, and methods drawn from classical playwriting, poetry and prose. You will learn to incorporate sound into the spoken word to achieve psychological effects, sparkling dialogue or comic timing. Learn the usage of “beats and “riffling” besides, a play with “lists” and frames” to generate dramatic material. Throughout the workshop, you will traverse from the generation of the beat poets to the era of post-modernism, from Shakespearean dialogue to contemporary slang.

About Ram

Writer-director Ram Ganesh Kamatham has created work for stage, film, radio, comics and video games. His plays have been performed at major theatre festivals in India as well as abroad. His works for the stage have been at the forefront of new playwriting in English in India. Some of his plays include Dancing on Glass, Crab, and Project S.T.R.I.P. His latest play Ultimate Kuruskhetra, won the Sultan Padamsee Award in 2011, and recently premiered in Bangalore.