Don­ning Many Hats


India Today - - FEATURE - by Prachi Sibal

Q. What brought you to theatre and what were some of your first ex­pe­ri­ences? A. I have al­ways loved be­ing on stage. I ac­tu­ally used to try and be a part of all the an­nual plays in school. I par­tic­u­larly re­mem­ber a role I played in X I stan­dard un­der the di­rec­tion of Feisal Alkazi. I am still re­ferred to as Geeta Bai when I go back to school.

Q. From so­ci­ol­ogy to med­i­cal an­thro­pol­ogy and then theatre, tell us about your jour­ney. A. I found a way to marry the ed­u­ca­tion I got with my craft. Aca­demics still helps me while I take classes, write or ap­proach any other as­pect of theatre. All that I have learnt has only helped broaden my un­der­stand­ing of hu­mans—and theatre is hu­man.

Q. How did you be­come a theatre in­struc­tor and how does it add to your own learn­ing of the craft? A. Teach­ing theatre came as a de­fault while as­sist­ing V Balakr­ish­nan of Theatre Nisha with his classes. I love work­ing with chil­dren, so I guess I turned into a teacher even­tu­ally. Ev­ery day one learns some­thing new when work­ing with them—sto­ries, de­signs, etc. It also adds an im­mense amount of pa­tience nec­es­sary for the craft.

Q. What are some of your big­gest achieve­ments as a theatre artiste? A. Act­ing solo and be­ing a part of all the theatre fes­ti­vals I’ve per­formed at, in­clud­ing the Edinburgh Fringe, get­ting short-listed for The Hindu Play­wright Award in 2016, be­ing a part of the In­ter­na­tional Pup­pet and Body Theatre res­i­dency with Per­for­mance Group Tuida from South Korea and get­ting se­lected for the Writer’s Bloc Work­shop.

Q. What are you cur­rently work­ing on? A. I am trav­el­ling with Theatre Nisha with their ex­ist­ing reper­toire of plays and work­ing to­wards Bhasa’s Urub­hangam, our next big pro­duc­tion.

I found a way to marry the ed­u­ca­tion I got with the my craft. Aca­demics has helped me broaden my un­der­stand­ing of theatre.

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