1. TheatreFilmTheatre – A Festival of Shorts
The Company Theatre brings you a festival of experimental short films using the language of film to tell the story of theatre plays. Each short will be up on their YouTube channel for 48 hours. Curated by Atul Kumar, Mallika Singh, Vara Raturi, Anupam Barve and Sonal Gupta the festival brings together 15 filmmakers and over 500 theatre actors. The films have been inspired by a wide range of theatre texts including Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar to Tagore’s Chitrangada, Abhishek Majumdar’s The Djinn’s of Eidgah and Manav Kaul’s Chuhal. The full schedule is below.
2. One On One – Unlocked by Rage Productions
The lockdown has affected us in different ways – introspective, illuminating, irritating, igniting, isolating. Needless to say we’ll never be the same again. Nine playwrights, write of their experiences, their perspectives of the 150 days of solitude, if not physically, certainly in the mind. The ten monologues in Hindi and English vary from the hilarious to the heart warming, from eureka moments to experiential thoughts. From conversations to unseen companions to stream of consciousness bursts of solo thought.
Abhishek Majumdar, Adhir Bhat, Akarsh Khurana, Anu Menon, Ashok Mishra, Hussain Dalal, Purva Naresh, Rahul da Cunha, Raghav Dutt
Akarsh Khurana, Anand Tiwari, Gurleen Judge, Nadir Khan, Rajit Kapur, Shikha Talsania, Sukant Goel, Q
Aahana Kumra, Anu Menon, Gagan Dev Ria, Hussain Dalal, Joy Fernandes, Neil Bhoopalam, Rajit Kapur, Seema Biswas, Veronica Gautam
3. Unrehearsed Futures
A series of public conversations between heads of drama schools and leading performance trainers from across the globe to discuss and address the new realities of teaching drama. Every Thursday, two new speakers come together. They each share information about their current practices in theatre training. Together they discuss future trends and emerging best practices that can help create a robust performing arts culture globally – one that accounts for the disruptions of the pandemic yet delivers value-based drama pedagogy for students, teachers and practitioners of theatre. The series is conceptualized by the Drama School and moderated by Jehan Manekshaw, Head of School, Drama School Mumbai, India.
10th September: Pedagogy in the time of multiple Disruptions: Part 1
Janice Poon – Senior Lecturer (Playwriting and Dramaturgy), The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
17th September: Pedagogy in the time of multiple Disruptions: Part 2
Sara Matchett | Section Head – Theatre, University of Cape Town, South Africa
24th September: From a Distance: Elevating the COVID-trained Performer
Nicole Stinton | Course Coordinator, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, Australia
Aiden Condron | Lecturer, Institute of Arts Barcelona, Spain
4. A Tale Of Two Treaties
Directed by Kathryn Doshi
Performed by Deepal Doshi
A one-man Commedia Dell’Arte show where Deepal Doshi plays 10 different characters in a 70-minute performance. The actor using different masks transports the audience into the crazy world of Commedia where the primal drives of hunger, lust and greed rule the lives of its zany characters. Pantalone’s lust for money and Dottore’s desire for vengeance is threatening the love between their two children. With their nutty servants Pulcinella and Arlecchino, Pantalone’s sex-starved wife Señora, and an outrageous Capitano, no havoc-wreaking stone is left unturned. Bonds are broken, hearts are torn apart and anarchy rules the day in this hysterical physical comedy.
5. Finding your authentic voice with Barbara Houseman
6 Sessions with internationally celebrated voice coach Barbara Houseman who has trained Kenneth Branagh, Jude Law and Daniel Radcliffe among others. Deepen your understanding of body-breath, vocal health & energy (Support), range, vocal quality (Resonance) and clarity; develop an in-depth understanding of your voice; build an understanding of socio-emotional barriers in accessing your full vocal potential and apply this knowledge to develop and maintain your voice.
6. Voice Over Workshop with Malini Gowrishankar
An informative workshop on voice-overs that focuses primarily on the practical aspects of becoming a VO artist – the fundamentals of voice modulation, practical tips to exploring this industry as a newbie and more. The workshop will cover – Busting the myths of VO industry;
fundamentals of voicing – modulation, intonation, pitching, tempo etc.; voice-overs vs voice-acting vs dubbing – understanding the differences; introduction to equipment; practical tips on switching careers and exploring VO as career option/hobby; basic steps to setting up a home studio; networking in the industry and finding your niche – how can your voice be of use to the industry?
7. Convergence of Digitization & the Arts with Keerthi Kumar
The workshop introduces artistes to platforms, processes and means to enhance their artistic interactions online. How to conduct virtual classrooms, online performances, conferences, seminars etc. using household equipment, handy tools, freely available and subscription-based software effectively. The subjects covered include home acoustics & lighting system settings, building an online classroom, branding and promotions, setting up a digital auditorium etc.
8. TheatreNama with Sunil Shanbag
Mumbai’s Tamaasha Theatre launches its monthly series TheatreNama with a unique guided viewing of the play Sex, Morality, and Censorship, directed by Sunil Shanbag. The play tells the story of Vijay Tendulkar’s controversial theatre classic Sakharam Binder which was attacked by the censor board and by sections of society. Combined with the parallel world of tamasha and the amazing spirit of the 1970s, the play offers an exciting mix of theatre, memory, live music, dance, and video. The show provokes, challenges, entertains, and asks the question – who says NO!? And why? The evening will be hosted by director Sunil Shanbag, and co-writer Irawati Karnik who will punctuate a video recording of a performance of the play at the iconic Prithvi Theatre, with comments and insights. The hugely talented ensemble cast will be present live to share their experiences of the play.
Written by Shanta Gokhale and Irawati Karnik
Directed by Sunil Shanbag
The Cast: Nagesh Bhonsle, Gitanjali Kulkarni, Shubhrojyoti Barat, Ketaki Thatte, Rajashree Sawant Wad, Hridaynath Jadhav, Umesh Jagtap, Gulshan Devaiah, Puja Sarup
Play Back is a crowd-sourced project that aims to revive and reinvent radio plays for an online audience. Break a Leg! is looking to produce and publish five unforgettable, original, micro audio-plays. They are inviting playwrights, writers and storytellers to submit scripts that have sound design and dialogue as an integral part of the narrative. The scripts can be in Hindi, English or Hinglish and should not be longer than 6 minutes. Monologues will not be accepted. Only original & unpublished work to be submitted. Translations are not allowed.
To submit your micro audio-play scripts go to http://bit.ly/playback2020