As Short+Sweeta��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 theya��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. a�?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,a�? she says. How are the plays shaping up? a�?Whata��s interesting is that the majority of the scripts this time are original work written by Indians (previous years had scripts from abroad),a�? she adds.
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While theatre veteran Tehzeeb Katari had a few favourites, she was particularly taken by scriptwriter-director Divya Mangwania��s play (a contenderat the finals). a�?A well-written play on bride and groom hunts, it was quick and the acting was slick, too,a�? says Katari, a regular at the festival. a�?The talent this year is amazing. In fact, Ia��ve made notes of who can be a part of regular theatre,a�? she says.
Another hot favourite for the finals is Pradeep Vignavelua��s monologue. a�?Ita��s witty, expressive and quite rivetinga��something that is difficult for monologues to do,a�? says documentary filmmaker Chetan Shah, who also liked the other monologue of the evening, ShyamA�Renganathana��s To B.E or not to B.E. a�?While Statue (where the Kannagi statue comes to life) was a stylised play, the second was realistic,a�? he says, adding that the fest is proving to be a great platform for new scriptwriters.
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-Surya Praphulla Kumar