SRCC students catch Delhi live

SRCC students catch Delhi live

Delhi has been subject to countless interpretations in many mediums. One such interpretation was staged as Footnotes, a play by Turning Tables. Directed by Dhwani Vij and Gandharv Dewan, the play showcased moments from the lives of Delhiites.

The group’s first production, the play seemed to catch snatches of conversations in families, between spouses, friends, girlfriends and boy­f­r­iends, siblings, government offices, ragpickers, poor people and everyone you can imagine in Delhi. It revolves around joys, triumphs, disasters, horrors and prejudices of everyday life.

Most were stories one could relate to. For example, there’s a conversation between a taxi driver and his male passengers, both of whose partners have left them. However, when the passenger menti­o­ns that his partner was a male, the cabb­ie stops talking to him.

Next, a woman comes to a shop calling out Bhaiyya and asking for a copy of Cosmopolitan. Then there’s a family out for lunch but it is ruined because the father and daughter are upset over the father’s reaction to a boy reading a book on Jehad and a Muslim girl standing next to her, in the Metro.

Then there’s are moment of silence when a boy boards a Metro and just keeps sitting like daily commuters do, sometimes vacating the seat for someone who needs it more while the monotonous announcements go on in the background.

There are ragpickers too who make up stories about how each of the trashed items landed there. There are two girls guarding shoes at a Gurudwara and trying them on as well!

There was no background to the stories or any end. It was up to the audience to decide the pre and post happenings of that snippet. 

The best part was how each of the 27 stories blended into one another. Joined by the play’s theme, one story transitioned into another beautifully, without confusing anyone. The actors’ ease at switching roles was completely effortless.

Turning Tables was formed in February this year by SRCC students, Prateek Handa, Shoury Gupta and Medha Bankhwal. Prateek says, “We’d been planning this for a while but were interrupted by exams. Finally we appr­o­ached Dhwani and Gandharv, who we knew personally.”

Inspired by Craig Taylor’s One Million Tiny Plays about Britain, Footnotes adapts some stories to Indian situation while adding the others.

The fact that around eight to ten people will be playing so many characters was very exciting and challenging for them. The challenge has been met head-on and how!

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