Great Texts - Come read a play with us.

On the last monday of every month people meet in Q's drawing room to read a play they may have heard of but not necessarily have read. Writer's come to see how the greats wrote, actors come to play multiple parts and theatre lovers come because it keeps them in touch with the art form. It is open all and everyone takes turns in playing characters from the play. Discussions ensue after over tea and biscuits.

In the month of July, we read Shankar Shesh's 'Aadhi Raat Ke Baad' - about a thief who is on the running for his life from a rich builder (whom he wants to expose). He takes refuge in the house of a judge and wants the judge to hand him over to the police, as he would be feel safer in lock-up than he does when he is free.

For the first time in the history of Great Text reading, we were attempting a play in Hindi and were a tad nervous about how it would all turn out. But to our surprise, not only did we have a nice little gathering of 10, but they all read Hindi as well. Everyone had a wonderful time, even the couple of readers who were not very fluent and chose to read the character with the shortest lines. As there were only 3 characters in an urban setting, everyone was comfortable with the dialogue and the story flowed quite swiftly. Given the enthusiastic response, we are going to try and schedule more Hindi plays in the months to come.

Suggestions for Hindi plays to read are most welcome!

There will not be any reading in the month of September as the day falls on Dusheera. But we will be back in October!!