As Short+Sweet’s wild card performers win hearts, we look at the favourites
As the Short+Sweet Festival, which started on July 5, enters its second week, we asked some well-known names in the theatre circle to pick their favourite wild card entries from last week and who they’d like to see in the finals.
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Nikhila Kesavan, a committee member of The Madras Players, says she is a fan of the play on plagiarism in art, directed by Bhargav Prasad. “It talked about the importance of giving credit to creative work. As an artiste I could completely relate to the theme, the crying need we have for understanding copyright and respecting an artiste,” she says. How are the plays shaping up? “What’s interesting is that the majority of the scripts this time are original work written by Indians (previous years had scripts from abroad),” she adds.
1, 2, 3 – Ready, Set, Go
While theatre veteran Tehzeeb Katari had a few favourites, she was particularly taken by scriptwriter-director Divya Mangwani’s play (a contenderat the finals). “A well-written play on bride and groom hunts, it was quick and the acting was slick, too,” says Katari, a regular at the festival. “The talent this year is amazing. In fact, I’ve made notes of who can be a part of regular theatre,” she says.
Another hot favourite for the finals is Pradeep Vignavelu’s monologue. “It’s witty, expressive and quite riveting—something that is difficult for monologues to do,” says documentary filmmaker Chetan Shah, who also liked the other monologue of the evening, Shyam Renganathan’s To B.E or not to B.E. “While Statue (where the Kannagi statue comes to life) was a stylised play, the second was realistic,” he says, adding that the fest is proving to be a great platform for new scriptwriters.
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-Surya Praphulla Kumar