With the 20th edition of the annual youth theatre festival, we took a step forward to achieve our goal of nurturing a global community of young theatre professionals. Apart from full-length productions and performances, we had a number of workshops and collaborations that further build the skills of the next generation of theatrewalas!

The festival took place from 17th to 22nd December 2018, at Prithvi Theatre and The Cuckoo Club, Mumbai, India.

FULL LENGTH PLAYS

Theatrewaala’s from Bombay present

Gal Kufr Di

A tale of love and betrayal set against the backdrop of the 1984 Sikh massacre.

Date: Tuesday, 18th December

Time: 6 pm and 9 pm

About the Play

A story set against the backdrop of the 1984 pogrom, a time that shook up most of northern India and claimed thousands of lives. This story is about two characters whose lives were disrupted as a result of this chaos. The play talks about the lack of human virtues and shows how everybody is an infidel in their own way. It encapsulates abuse at multiple levels be it religious abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse and emotional abuse against man, woman, child and society as a whole.

Writer: Akshay Anand Kohli

Director: Raj Sejpal

Cast & Backstage: Abhishek Azad, Akash Jain, Anuj Rampal, Ayush Tiwari, Divyansh Bhatnagar, Garv Jangid, Gurpreet Kaur Sudan, Lakhan Sabharwal, Palash Choudhari, Pranjula Singh, Rahil Singh Rathore, Rashmi Khanna, Ravina Sharma,Ravleen Kaur Chawla, Sanchit Malhotra, Snayhil Aneja, Tejaswini Gowda, Vasu Soni.

Vighnaharta Theatres from Pune present

Sometime Somewhere

A timeless parable to remind us that what goes around comes around.

Date: Wednesday, 19th December

Time: 6 and 9pm

About the Play

This story is based on Karma, which elaborates the law of ‘What goes around, comes around’ and gets self-explored through the life of a Neanderthal man. The presentation is in a realistic way including some chunks of physical theatre, keeping every viewer curious. Innocence is the heart-melting factor in the act.

Writer: Sankalp Mahabaleshwarkar

Director: Pranav Ratnaparkhi

Cast: Omkar Pendse, Pranav Ratnaparkhi, Neha Tathe,Prathamesh Atre, Rutvij Kulkarni, Pranav Kare, Maithili Deshpande, Shruti Gupte, Sayali Sonule,Digvijay Pawar, Kamlananad Patil, Vaibhav Kadam, Sangharsh Jogdande, Sayali Sonule, Shruti Gupte, Sumit Pawar, Digvijay Pawar , Vaibhav, Sangharsh, Kamlananad,Shruti, Sayali, Maithili, Pranav K, Digvijay, Rutvij, Prathamesh, Sumit.

Backstage: Tushar Deshpande, Nikhil Marne, Amrutosh Karanjkar, Tushar Chorge, Pranav Ratnaparkhi, Nikhil Kadam, Ketaki Amdekar, Sai Pandit, Mihir Raut.

The Red Mark (Actors Studio) from Mumbai present

Man Maana Square

Four players. Countless curiosities. A bittersweet exploration of our primal instincts.

Date: Thursday, 20th December

Time: 6 and 9pm

About the Play

This performance is the result of exploring different forces, vectors and tangents of movements, both in thought and action. Memories of childhood become a library of unpublished stories, fragrant moments of guilt, extraordinary incidents and sweet bitter experiences.

How a curiosity is expressed conflictingly in our thoughts and actions through the medium of the same body? This reflects as a reconstruction of the memory of the four players as they revisit their own past through various triggers.

Writers and Directors: Monika Panwar, Pallavi Jadhao, Bhupendra Singh Jadawat, Ujjwal Kumar.

Cast: Pallavi Jadhao, Bhupendra Singh Jadawat, Ujjwal Kumar, Monika Panwar.

Backstage: Dhyan Prasad, Kishlay, Raghav, Siddharth, Robert.

The Red Mark (Actors Studio) from Mumbai present

Man Maana Square

Four players. Countless curiosities. A bittersweet exploration of our primal instincts.

Date: Thursday, 20th December

Time: 6 and 9pm

About the Play

A satire highlighting the various superstitions followed by people. The play pays tribute to the great social activist Dr.Narendra Dabholkar.

Writer and Director: Suraj Gadgile

Cast and Backstage: Vaibhav Randhave, Bramha Hande, Arati Biradar, Sanket Anagarkar, Swati Bhingardiwe, Unnati kamble, Kalyani todkar, Vaibhav Gaikwad, Mrunal kulkarni, Chaitanya Badve, Rushabh Rathod, Sushant Divekar, Manasi Lahade, Gargi Deshpande, Bhavesh Patange, Samruddhi Deshpande, Ratnadeep Shinde, Amala Dorge, Aditya Maske.

PLATFORM

‘Anekon Hitler’
by
Ekanki
(Hindi)

Prithvi Foyer
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 – 8 PM (20 Minutes)

Performed in “Kahaniyon Ka Rangmanch” theatre form invented by Dr D.R.Ankur. The story of five brothers going to purchase a tractor. Experience power, comparison, envy, anger, love.

Writer: Vijaydaan Detha
Director: Alankrit Duggal
Cast and Backstage: Vijay Jangid, Utkarsh Mehta, Sumit Rawal, Krutti Saxena, Prianca Mishra, Pranav Tambe, Suyog Bhore, Ananya Vyas, Alankrit Duggal











Laal Rang’
by
Navrang – The Theatre Society Of Institute Of Home Economics
(Hindi and English)

Prithvi Foyer
Wednesday, 19th December 2018 – 8 PM (22 Minutes)

LAAL RANG as a nukkad natak aims to aware people about organ donation and the intrinsic role we as the youth need to play in this growing problem. Our play with its uneasy easiness makes you contemplate about our role as Indian citizens and what we can do to better to curb this issue.

Writer and Director: Shreya Asrani
Cast and Backstage: Shreya Asrani, Jasmine Kaur, Rupal Jain, Surubhi Vohra, Pragyi Baghel, Jasmine Sa, Geetanjali Narang, Cheshtha Sharma, Gauri Singh Yadav, Vidhi Verma, Anchal Tiwari, Rishav Nidhi Lakra, Prarthna Madan, Meher Sharma, Nisha Yadav, Nisha Bajaj, Deepshikha Rathore, Sajal Sood, Pooja Yadav, Shreya Aggarwal, Huma Ikram, Yukta Kataria, Smriti Bhuwania

‘Aparaa’
by
Dhyaas Performing Arts
(Non Verbal)

Prithvi Foyer
Thursday, 20th December 2018 – 8 PM (20 Minutes)

Aparaa is a non-verbal movement oriented solo piece which shows the human evolution from the very beginning until its current state. The piece emphasizes the pure state of the human body and it’s a way of living.

Writer and Director: Akshaykumar Mande

Cast and Backstage: Akshaykumar Mande, Abhijeet Ijate, Omkar Kudale












‘Scream’
by
Mind’s Eye
(Non Verbal)

Prithvi Foyer
Friday, 21st December 2018 – 8 PM (20 Minutes)

Man versus nature, soul against the soul and all we can do is just scream. Scream our soul, scream our angst, scream our anger, and scream our fear.

Writer and Director: Chirag Khatri
Cast and Backstage: Chirag Khatri, Abhishek Sharma, Rohan Pherwani
















FRINGE

‘Rizwaan’
by
Fourth Wall Production 
(English, Hindi and Urdu)

Prithvi House
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 – 7 PM (50 Minutes)

Devised out of the poetry “The Country Without A Post Office (1997)”, Agha Shahid Ali’s collection of poems, the play is an unusual story of a boy Rizwaan – literally, keeper of the Gates of Heaven – whose life and family are torn apart by insurgency in Kashmir; a paradise for Rizwaan but a graveyard for this family, who narrate their horrors with a sub-conscious sense of detachment.

Writer: Abhishek Majumdar
Director: Akshay Raheja & Nikhil Anand
Cast and Backstage: Aayushi Gupta, Riya Vij, Nikhil Anand, Ayush Jain, Rohan Modi, Vaasu Sehgal Backstage: Himanshu Karwal, Aastha Agarwal, Srija Yadav

‘Tambours sur la digue’ by 
Alliance Francaise (French)

Film Screening
Prithvi House
Wednesday, 19th December 2018 – 7 PM (135 Minutes)

Ariane Mnouchkine used “human puppets” to bring Hélène Cixous’ play Tambours sur la digue to life. This film is an audiovisual recording of the play being performed by Mnouchkine’s troupe – the famous Théâtre du Soleil – and uses scenography, acting, and puppetry to present a philosophical epic which is disturbingly modern.

Writer and Director: Ariane Mnouchkine

‘Memories down the lane’
by
Glen Hayden (English)

A Dramatised Reading
Prithvi House
Thursday, 20th December 2018 – 7 PM (45 Minutes)

Is memory only retention? Is it remembering? Or is it forgetting? Come witness how memories shape our identities and the way we experience the world around us.

Writer: Rutwik Deshpande
Director: Shashank Chourasia
Cast and Backstage: Jatin Arora, Rishabh Bhasin, Satyam Anand, Riya Soni, Pooja Jhadhav

‘Innocence’
by
Max Mueller Bhavan 
(English)

A Dramatised Reading
Prithvi House
Friday, 21st December 2018 – 7 PM (45 Minutes)

Intertwined stories about the sad and comical aspects of human existence that converge into a single tale.

Writer: Dea Loher

PLAY READINGS

 ‘Bhanvar’
(Hindi)

Prithvi Adda
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 – 3 PM

Bhanvar Singh is a quirky night watchman. A migrant to the city, he is entrusted with the security of an abandoned factory. It is his last day at work, and yet, his shift never seems to end. As the night grows ever longer, he shares his hopes, dreams and reality with his invisible superior, often blurring the lines between truth and imagination.

Writer: Virajas Kulkarni and Shivraj Waichal

‘Kabadi Uncut’
(Marathi)

Prithvi Adda
Wednesday, 19th December 2018 – 3 PM

I feel lucky to have the opportunity to direct a play which revolves around the desert of garbage that is a landfill. The story itself is very interesting, but it is eve more so when one considers the background, the texture and the characters involved. The credit for this feat goes to the writer, who managed to give my entire team and me the opportunity to explore this subject. We shall present the play in the form of a docudrama in which we come across the lifestyle of rag-pickers- their problems, way of thinking and perspective on life. In the process of putting this play together, we came across a lot of articles, short-films, and documentaries. However, what taught us the most were the visits to landfill, where we spoke with the rag-pickers themselves, all the while struggling to deal with the inhumane atmosphere that engulfs a landfill. I can confidently say that it is a team effort and that each member played a significant role in shaping the play and adding to its genuineness.

Writer: Siddhesh Purkar

‘Butter and Mashed Banana’ 
(English)

Prithvi Adda
Thursday, 20th December 2018 – 3 PM

Consider an alternate universe populated by dour hangmen, radical Hindutva types, Marxist feminists and joyless conformists who live by the Cinematograph Act of 1952. All of whom are all too willing to jump up with a ‘Don’t you dare say that!’ Or maybe this universe isn’t that alternate after all. When the self-righteous spokespeople of the (self-proclaimed) Left and Right all agree that censorship (on a context- sensitive. case-by-case basis, obviously) is pretty much a good idea, Harami Theatre wonders why. Hence this (raucous, semi-plotless excuse for a) play, to take on the invectives of those who have made careers out of being offended. Butter and Mashed Banana is about gettig high on the constitutional freedom of speech that allows us the right to choose irreverence as our drug of choice. And might offend a few along the way. Hopefully. To paraphrase Salman Rushdie: ‘Freedom of speech is the freedom to offend. Freedom of speech may not be the most important thing in life. In fact, it is life itself.’ And comrades: he should know.

Writer: Ajay Krishnan

‘Naav’
(Marathi)

Prithvi Adda
Friday, 21st December 2018 – 3 PM 

This play has been inspired from the poem, “Tumchach Naav Liwa”, by the well known poet, Late Mr Narayan Surve. The Characters, events and plot have been created by the writer himself with only the theme of the play being similar to the poem. It is a social eveil that a person without the father’s name is always looked down on with raised eyebrows. As long as this attitude prevails in the society, the issue portrayed in this play will always be relevant. I feel that, as an artist, we have a great responsibility towards the society and treating its evils. Thus, through this play, we have made a humble effort to put this subject forward and have tried to make a note of this concern in the minds of the audiences. The welfare of any child is of utmost importance, irrespective of whether he/she has a father’s name attached or not.

Writer: Bhushan Bhimrao Patil

WORKSHOPS

Thespo 20 is back with an interesting line-up of workshops from 17th-21st of December.
This year our theme is – PLAYWRITING!

Rhythm, Architecture & Story‘ by Imogen Butler-Cole

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.