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Theatre Festival

The first leg of the ‘Deccan Herald Theatre Festival 2014’ saw an overwhelming response from theatre lovers across the City.

The second-half of the festival, which will be held on February 8 and 9, has a promising line up of interesting plays portraying different stories, characters and emotions.

The festival is being held at the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall.

The plays will be staged from 7.30 pm onwards and the audience needs to be seated by 7.15 pm.

‘The Retreating World/Last Tuesday’, which will be staged on February 8, is a confluence of two plays which are often billed together.

‘Last Tuesday’ by Donald Margulies takes place on a metro train and ‘The Retreating World’ by Naomi Wallace has a single character on stage — Ali who speaks about his hobby of collecting pigeons.

The play will be presented by the Little Jasmine Theatre Project.

 Kirtana Kumar, the director of the play, explains that the play is very contemporary and has got great reviews from other parts of the country where it has been
staged.

“We have been praised and applauded by many veteran theatre artistes from across the country. The festival gives us a chance to bring this play to Bangalore and it is a great gesture towards the community.

I have been associated with the festival for many years and have participated in it as part of different groups. I hope it grows and more groups participate in the festival. The play has a great cast and the language is very contemporary. Anyone can connect to it,” she details.

The festival will conclude on February 9 with the play ‘The Threepenny Opera’, an adaptation of the play written by Bertolt Brecht, and directed by Ashish Sen.
 It will be performed by the group, ‘Play Pen’. Ashish informs that the play mirrors the issues that plague the modern society.

“The play will portray hard-hitting issues like poverty and corruption in the garb of comedy. A special feature of the evening includes a performance by child actors from the NGO, Samarthanam. These differently-abled children hail from an underprivileged background,” informs Ashish Sen, the director of the play.

Tickets for the plays are available at the Deccan Herald office on MG Road and at www.indianstage.in. For details, call 25880147 and 25880141.

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