The Script, Edition 7 - July 2011

While the seasons are mixed in Bombay - extereme heat or heavy rains, I have some mixed feelings myself. July marks 1 year since I left the shores of Bombay for Canada and bringing this newsletter to you every month via satellite. While they are some nostalgic feelings left in Bombay, Canada has given me some opportunities to see and meet some wonderful theatre people.

Back home, this month sees 3 long awaited plays make their premieres: Ansh presents (a production that is not written by Makarand Deshpande)  'What a Lota!' , the ever prolific ACE puts Cyrus Broacha in 'One of Six'  and Quaff Theatre presents the eagerly anticipated 'The Real Inspector Hound'.

On the QTP Front, we have a had a busy and turbulent last few weeks.
Sameer Rao during Whale Song
It began with the landmark Whale Song project which involved a cellist and a poet playing live at the Deal Music Festival in the UK, with Samir Rao playing in tandem with them from a studio in Bombay. What seemed like a simple enough exercise turned into quite technical challenge, and eventually all systems were up and running only 5 minutes before the curtain went up. However, the talented musicians performed expertly, and the evening was a great success.

Straight off the back of that, we dived into what was supposed to be a run of shows of our new play Nostalgia Brand Chewing Gum. Unfortunately due to the flu that is sweeping our city, three of the four cast were unfit, and we, for the first time in our history had to cancel shows. However for those who did turn up, we treated them to a staged reading of the play with the director Vivek Madan, new draftee Freishia Bomanbehram and even Quasar doing the honours with the only healthy member of the original cast Kalliroi Tziafeta.

But July brings a new season - Thespo season. And we start off with the first step towards Thespo 13, with the Orientation Meeting kicking off in Bombay on July 16th and more to follow in the rest of the month. So come all you under 25 who have the passion and desire to be seen on the grandest stage of them all. Great Text Reading will also be there on the last Monday of the month. Also we restart our After Hours weekend theatre workshop, running from Mid July to Mid August. So sign up now.!

Our quiz section seems to have stalled last month. We got only 1 reply :( WHERE IS EVERYBODY??
Hope to see more votes to this months questions. The 1 that replied last month, was right though:
Who lived at the real 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when the musical of the same name opened in 1976?
The correct answer was: Gerald Ford.

In this month's edition of 'The Script', Here's what you can look forward to this month:

Trivia Time: The Tony Awards
Great Text
: Announcing Comedy Quarter. 3 comedy plays. Starting with Woody Allen's hilarious 'God'.
Nostalgia Brand Chewing Gum: Our shows didn't go according to plan!
Thespo 13: Orientation Meeting!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friends of Thespo: Become one now!
Point of View: Priti Bakalkar reviews Sunil Shanbag's 'Stories in a Song'.
4 Corners
: Himanshu Sitlani reviews Tim Supple's 'One Thousand and One Nights' which premiered in Toronto.
Dolly Thakore's 'Life in Theatre': Dolly Thakores shares her exciting month of theatre.
AK's Various Thoughts: Revisiting Ahmedabad and Sanjay Dadhich.
Kashin Baba's Babblings: Kashin Shetty analyses types of theatre audience's.
Q's Countdown: The wrong reasons why people do theatre
Up & Coming: Complete Schedule of what to watch in July.
Theatre Training
: QTP announces After Hours, and 4 Workshops by Theatre Professionals.
Other Theatre News
: Gillo's Drama Club for Children and International Clown Festival.
Curtain Call: Abbie Hoffman on free speech and theatre.

Yours Sincerely,
On Behalf of Q Theatre Productions,
Editor, The Script