Under the skin of the character

Under the skin of the character

Theatre Workshop

Under the skin of the character

Interesting activities were tried out at the theatre workshop held at Oxford College of Arts

Emphasising on the need for more youngsters to join theatre, Oxford College of Arts organised a theatre workshop recently, which turned out to be an eye-opener for the students. Students felt that a lot of effort has to be made by actors as they need to be thorough with their dialogues and yet emote them on  stage. It was a test of one’s memory as well as acting skills. Chandra Keerthi, a theatre actor, had been invited for the workshop.

Having worked in more than 35 plays with various troupes, he shared his experience with the students and taught them the nuances of theatre as well as about acting on stage. Starting the workshop with the Navarasas, he taught the students how to emote different expressions and to shift from one expression to another smoothly. He gave them an insight into  flowing from the normal phase to the stylistic phase and then to the distorted phase, offering a practical knowledge of acting on stage. 

“I had never experienced anything like this. Acting seems to be all the more interesting since we get to be ourselves as well as someone else, which is the character. We also got to know a lot about theatre and a lot of other things, apart from having fun,” says Sukrita K, a first-semester mass communication student. Krishnanjana J, a mass communication student, says, “Of all the workshops that I have attended, this was the first and perhaps the best one, where all of us participated wholeheartedly.” As the workshop was an interactive one, students could be seen showing a lot of interest and participating with enthusiasm.

Students were picked up randomly and were asked to think about a silly question, and then enact it dramatically. Varied expressions and emotions came out of this exercise as students enacted the questions one by one. ‘Mirror-image Activity’ was the highlight of the workshop as everybody was part of it. Keerthi made the students and teachers imitate him. “A person looks bigger on the big screen and looks smaller than his size on a television screen. Whereas on the stage, he looks exactly his size, as it is realistic,” sums up Keerthi. 

Students had a lot to take home from this workshop.