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The city’s biggest youth theatre festival returns for the fourth time, with eight plays

It’s that time when the youth of the city take to the stage and they are gearing up to impress you with their histrionics. MY Theatre Festival, curated by Crea-Shakti, is back with its fourth edition. This time, nine colleges are taking part, including Madras Christian College, Women’s Christian College, IIT Madras and Anna University. “The festival is an amazing forum. It’s probably the best in the city, especially if you’re a group that’s staging a public show for the first time. Crea-Shakti takes cares of all the financial details, including the budget, but leave the rest to the participants, so it’s a superb learning experience,” says Vaishnavi Swaminathan of SSN College of Engineering, who directed Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope for the festival last year.1
Kicking off with Steel Magnolias by WCC’s Dramatically Correct at Egmore’s Museum Theatre, you can also look forward to plays ranging from Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles to Pride and Prejudice: An Indian Adaptation and Sujatha’s comic Kadavul Vandhirundhaar. “The success of the festival has been stupendous, both in terms of reach and viability. We have a whole line-up of colleges and institutions coming up saying they want to be a part of it,” says Abhinav Suresh, one of the co-founders of Crea-Shakti. With the aim of encouraging more youngsters to follow their dreams and take up theatre seriously, he adds, “The culture at our theatre group is one of growth, and finding and honing talent. We have more than half a dozen full-time theatre professionals from our Campus Theatre Initiative.”
Echoing the enthusiasm is fellow team member, Dushyanth Gunasekaran, who says, “Where we once had a hundred people in the audience, we now have a hundred people just on stage. It’s fantastic.”
On March 21-22 and 28-29, at the Museum Theatre, from 3 pm. `200 onwards. Details: in.bookmyshow.com

—Krishna Trilok

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