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    Experienced and amateur artistes enact short plays on World Theatre Day

    A lot of things are blamed on timea��or the lack of ita��including the staging of plays. But in 2013, theatre exponents Mathivanan Rajendran and Freddy Koikaran decided they would do away with the excuse as part of their World Theatre Day – Chennai Chapter initiative. Thus was born Kichadi Theatre, an experiment that saw playwrights writing original 10-minute plays in just seven days, before directors drew lots to choose their stories and actors.
    a�?This year, for our third edition, we have a mix of experienced theatre artistes and newcomers participating,a�? says Koikaran, adding, a�?Ia��ll be emailing the scripts to the directors only this evening and wea��ll arrange a venue for them to rehearse for one day, tomorrow, before they perform on March 31.a�? Giving the writer, director or actor no choice in whom they work with is a deliberate stepa��to push boundaries and take people away from their cliques and comfort zones. a�?So you might have a very experienced actor working with a first time director,a�? he smiles.
    Inclusivity is another goal. a�?When we first launched our initiative for World Theatre Day (March 27), we invited established groups from across the city. But we realised a lot of people who were not affiliated to any group, or are newcomers, were being left out. So we changed the format,a�? he says. With many in the city supporting the venturea��Spoonbill is sponsoring the food on rehearsal day, Prithvi Audio, the audio equipment, and Spaces, the venuea��Kichadi Theatre wants to keep evolving. a�?Next year could be all about amateursa��an effort to encourage even more people to get on stage. We also want to include regional languages, dance teams and more,a�? Koikaran concludes.
    On March 31, at Spaces, from 7.15 pm. Details: wtdchennai@gmail.com

    Surya Praphulla Kumar

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