As WE get closer to the finals of the on-going Short+Sweet festival, we talk to two prominent theatre personalities about who made the cut in week two and why they thought the plays deserved the ticket.
“What I enjoyed about the festival is the ingenuity in the plots. In Mr Politician (about two women trying to meet a politician and manage getting on each others’ nerves), the plot comes alive towards the end,” says Aruna Ganesh Ram, artistic director at Visual Respiration, a performance company. However, she feels that directors should explore theatricality more. “Instead of focussing on the characters and dialogues, they should also explore the aesthetics of the craft—make it visually more interesting, use the stage more,” she says.
Theatre artisteShaan Katari Libby is excited as she talks about her favourite. “Heavenly Baddie (about two men waiting beside the gates to heaven and hell) was brilliant, really funny. With a clever script, it was very well enacted, too. They didn’t over do it,” she enthuses.
A Typist with Destiny
Libby also liked the Tamil play about two bumbling speech writers who influence Jawaharlal Nehru’s historic independence speech. “The direction was excellent. They used the stage very well and the whole thing was well thought out,” she says, adding that she is happy to note that it isn’t just youngsters performing this year—a lot of older actors are a part of it, too.
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—Surya Praphulla Kumar