21 days – 5 Cities – 14 Venues – 50 performances
February 24 – March 31, 2019
Atelier’s ACT aka Atelier’s Campus Theatre Festival is the most sought-after theatre festival in the Campus Theatre circuit across the country. It is an annual feature of Atelier Theatre Society, aims at providing professional space for the promotion of theatre & drama amongst youth, especially collegiate theatre societies and groups.
Since its inception, ACT festival has facilitated more than 400 productions across India and is growing linguistically, thematically as well as geographically. The 11th
season of ACT will be initiated on February 24, 2019, in New Delhi by a collegiate full-length production, followed by street; stage performances in different venues and will culminate on March 31, 2019, in Mumbai.
Ticket price- Rs 300 for each play
Festival Director & Curator- Kuljeet Singh
Festival Manager- Gaurav Suri
The play is set in a surreal space, it shows the time where we are living, where we are stuck inside boxes, and have different roles to play in different boxes. It talks about the society that makes us question our own feelings. The two characters Man and Woman are devices used to highlight different relationships shared with different spaces. It also talks about the different mechanisms we have developed to express ourselves. The characters journey talk about this constant search of the perfect image that we all are looking for, which in turn helps them understand themselves in a better way. As the plot unfolds we gradually and slowly discover how monotony, judgment, pretentiousness and expectations revolve in these spaces created on stage by the chorus members after some chaos.
21st Century / 23rd March
21st Century unfolds individual experiences on finding an own sense of self within social moralities. This self written play breaks the lines of social conventions formed in urban spaces, halting existence of an alternate route concerning morality and cultural conditioning. The journey explores the themes of conformity and individual agency in the millennial era. The plot manoeuvres through the journey of multiple individuals, enhancing their sensibility and experiences as they explore various spaces and time. With multiple characters enhancing the anxieties and insecurities that subdue the voice of individual reason, the play continues to elaborate on the constant turmoil and dilemma experienced by individuals with an existential awareness.
Echoes on the shore / 24th March
At 9:21 PM, the first group of terrorists entered Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station and fired indiscriminately into the thick crowds, killing 58 people and injuring more than 100. On November 26, 2008, terrorist attacks in Mumbai shook the whole nation.
The play ’27/11′ is an adaptation of Paloma Pedrero’s acclaimed Spanish drama ‘Ana 3/11’. It explores the aftermath of the attacks from the perspectives of three women. A lover and a wife, both restricted by circumstance and surrounding, count each second in the cramped up waiting room of a hospital. While the two women deal with their grief head on, a senile mother seeks refuge in denial of the obvious. The man who connects their lives, whom each woman loves differently, is treading on the thin line between life and death inside the hospital.
The play explores the questions of love and loss through the grief shared by the three women. The unheard narrative of what happens after the cacophony of violence subsides, takes centre stage. The play puts forward a poignant question- what does one hold on to, in times of grief?
About The 11 Season of ACT FESTIVAL
Crossing the decade is always prestigious and asks for celebration and stepping up. Atelier Theatre Society intends to do the same with the 11th season of Atelier’s CAMPUS THEATRE FESTIVAL by taking it to 5 cities in India: New Delhi, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Kolkata & Mumbai in the same order. Bigger & better, ACT 11 will invite international teams from the universities/colleges of the neighbouring SAARC countries (we are already in conversation with Sri Lanka & Pakistan).
Celebrating the success of the last 10 seasons of Campus Theatre Festivals, we are geared up, again, to make it happen with a lot of constructive modifications. This year we have additional days for experimental Campus Theatre. The fiesta will kick off on February 24, 2019, in New Delhi and will be followed by Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Kolkata and conclude in Mumbai. As happened in the past, this year as well we expect a lot of theatre workers, film actors and directors visiting this festival reclaiming their solidarity with the form we all believed in.