In a first, NCPA plays set to be per­formed at city’s bars, pubs

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Apoorva Dutt apoorva.dutt@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: You could soon watch an NCPA play at a bar, pub or per­for­mance club. In a first-ofits-kind ini­tia­tive, the Na­tional Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts ( NCPA) is set to com­mis­sion plays that ex­plore con­tem­po­rary is­sues — and stage them at venues such as Brew­bot in And­heri, The Bark­ing Deer and Blue Frog in Lower Parel, and The Hive and Cuckoo Club in Ban­dra.

The ini­tia­tive is called Edge, and is an at­tempt to take thea- tre to newer, younger au­di­ences, ones who would not typ­i­cally at­tend shows at the cul­tural in­sti­tute’s own im­pres­sive head­quar­ters at Na­ri­man Point.

“Edge will use the­atre to spark dis­cus­sion and de­bate on is­sues such as gen­der roles, ur­ban life and re­la­tion­ships,” says Deepa Gahlot, head of the­atre pro­gram­ming at the NCPA. “The first edi­tion of the fes­ti­val will be held at the NCPA on Women’s Day [March 8], but all sub­se­quent edi­tions — start­ing later this month — will be held be­yond our gates.”

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Ac­tor-writer Divya Jadgale re­hearses for her play — The Way I See It — which will be per­formed at var­i­ous venues as part of the ini­tia­tive ‘Edge’.

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