Into the City
As it returns for its third edition, the National Centre for the Performing Arts’s (NCPA) festival, Centrestage, is all set to showcase 18 brand new plays this month. The festival will also provide a platform to upcoming artists and companies from all over the world. There will also be a lot of original content that includes adaptations carefully selected over a year. SIMPLY spoke to Deepa Gahlot, Programming Head, Theatre and Film at NCPA about what to expect this year. Q. What is the selection process for productions being staged? A. We get a lot of proposals from all over the country and abroad to feature in the festival. The idea is to select the most interesting ones, always keeping variety and diversity in mind. Q. There seems to be a number of original scripts in the line up this year. Has this been a conscious decision? Do you see more origi- nal works taking over the theatre scene? A. There is always a mix of original plays and classics of multiple genres—comedy, romance, social, and this time, even horror. There are definitely more original plays being written in English because there are more opportunities and venues for performing. Traditional venues as well as offbeat locations, like cafés, art galleries and even people's homes, are favourites now. Mumbai, followed by Pune, Bangalore and Delhi, are the places from where the most exciting and original work is coming. Q. What else can we expect from the festival this year? A. As always, an invigorating selection of plays for every age and taste. And a workshop on commedia dell'arte (form of theatre where actors wear masks). We have workshops every year. Q. What are your top five picks for this edition of Centrestage? A. I wouldn't like to pick just five, because it would be very unfair to the others. Centrestage 2013 is on from November 29 to December 8. Tickets are available on bookmyshow.com and at the NCPA box office.
ROPE, FEATURING IN CENTRESTAGE, IS AN ADAPTATION OF PATRICK HAMILTON’S NERVE-STRETCHING THRILLER