The fourth edition of the Terrace Theatre Festival will bring theatre to the terraces of Delhiites. The concept of terrace theatre is to bring different theatre groups to come, perform and showcase talent keeping limited resources in mind.
This idea was initiated when small theatre groups faced problems in getting dates at theatres. Also, it was not always possible to shell out hefty amounts.
Around that time, a few groups decided to come together and practise on common grounds and pool in money for performances. The upcoming Terrace Festival is another attempt at drawing audiences. The earlier three editions have been appreciated at the national level. Some of the groups which have performed in Terrace Theatre Festivals include Mask, Chhaon Theatre Group, Behroop Theatre Group, IP Arts Society, Avitoko [Chennai], Astitva and Rangdisha [Indore].
This year’s edition will see plays like The zoo, a story written by Edward Albee. It is a one-act play, and concerns two characters, Parth and Jerry. Parth is a middle-class publishing executive with a wife, two daughters, two cats and two parakeets. Jerry is an isolated and disheartened man. These men meet on a park bench in New Delhi’s Central Park.
Dalchhut, written and directed by Tapas Das, is about four street boys — a pocket snatcher, a beggar, a cobbler, and a hawker. One day a kid who has run away from home joins them. He eggs them to recollect their almost forgotten past. Mausam ko na jane kya ho gaya, is in fact about the paradigm of existence. The play is based on the current spate of farmers’ suicides, which has been placed in a larger pattern of intersecting and conflicting issues. The creators have attempted to string together seemingly unrelated occurrences.
In Baman Bada, the idea of reverse discrimination catches on and confronts ideological enslavement. Go for this one.
At: F-37, Shanker Market, Connaught Place
When: 21 September to 30 September