The Script - Edition 5, May 2014

Dear Thearewallah's,

Visitors to Bombay might be mistaken to think that our theatre has become childish. May brings with it an onslaught of children's theatre and theatre activity. Summer Fiesta at NCPA and Summertime at Prithvi compete against the IPL for the attention of kids. And often the atmosphere inside the auditoriums rival Wankhede! Registrations are open, so if you have a kid or know of one, get them to sign up!

There are also a brand new set of premiere's this year. Which promise to be far more interesting that previous years. Ansh Theatre's 'Krishna Kidding', AllmyTea's 'Cycle Walla Micheal', Habijabi's 'Eat!' are all very promising. And then there are the revivals - Joy Fernandes brings back 'Chotu Speaking' and Working Title revives that seminal classic 'The Boy who stopped Smiling'. Then there are the regular fare of adaptations like Rangbaaz's 'James Aur ek Giant Peach' and T.Pot's 'Wolf'; plus two versions of 'Alladin and his magic lamp' , one by Rashmi Sharma and the other by Yatri Theatre.

Interestingly this year, the late night shows at Prithvi have been retained, with content for more mature audiences like Ansh's 'Dude Bhagwan Zinda Hai', Actors Cult and Black Boxers' 'A Kind of True Story', T.Pot's 'Six Characters in search of an Author' and Rangbaaz's 'Bade Miyan Deewane'. NCPA continues it's tradition of holding festivals that premiere new work, with the Ananda Festival!!

As you can imagine, we at QTP are using May to recharge our batteries after the hectic March and April. Just the one show, Nostalgia Brand Chewing Gum at Nehru Centre on the 10th of May, and our regular monthly event the Great Texts Reading will be on the 26th of May. 

To have a happy May, go watch a play!

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

QTP Events:

Great Texts
: What are we going to read this month? 
Nostalgia Brand Chewing Gum: We're back in town!

Point of View: Gitanjali Kalro reviews 'Kaumudi'

4 Corners: Mikhail Sen share his experience on the First Batch of The Drama School, Mumbai.
Dolly Thakore's 'Life in Theatre': on War Horse, IPTA & Avantika.

Great Stuff:
Trivia Time: Noh Theatre (Part 2)
Up & Coming : Complete Schedule of what to watch in May.
Casting: Frontier Theatre is hiring.
Links We Like: The 2014 Tony Nominations, Most of us dont understand Shakespeare and Shakespeare on a plane.
Curtain Call :
Juliette Binoche on choosing the theatre.

Theatre Opportunities:
Workshop : Rangshila's 'Pardos to Stage' Workshop.

Yours Sincerely, 

On Behalf of QTP, 
Himanshu Sitlani