14th Old World Theatre Festival has something for everyone

By Shalini Singh, theweek.in

Actor Kalki Koechlin along with her 'The Living Room' team

Actor Kalki Koechlin along with her ‘The Living Room’ team

The latter half of 2015 will be a treat for theatre enthusiasts in Delhi. Come October the 14th edition of the Old World Theatre Festival (OWTF) will get going. The highlight of this edition would be actor Kalki Koechlin’s rather existential directorial debut, The Living Room.

This 90-minute English production, which is set to open the festival, deals with the nature of time, absence of space and ideas of death, all in Ana Nil’s living room. With multiple characters and interpretations, what ensues is chaos.

Veteran Rajit Kapoor’s One On One Part II, would offer a look at contemporary society—a medley of 8-9 stories performed in English and Hindi dealing with ideas of new Incredible India—bureaucracy, marriage, immigration, real estate etc.

The Urdu play Ek Mulaqat by Saif Hyder Hasan starring Shekhar Sumar and Deepti Naval set to bring for the first time the love tale of eminent poets Sahir Ludhianvi and Amrita Pritam, while the Syrian situation would come alive on stage with Amir Nizar Zuabi’s Oh, My Sweet Land, told through one woman’s journey.

Deepal Joshi’s It’s Not Waht You Tihn! adds levity to the line-up. It combines commedia dell’ arte sketches (comedy of craft)—an Italian form of improvisation using masks—looking at Indian situations and while Yasmin Reza’s The God of Carnage comes back after it was staged at the recently concluded Aadyam festival.

Vidyun Singh, spokesperson for OWTF, said the idea behind picking these productions was that they have made some impact in the last one year.

“Kalki makes her directorial debut, Rajit’s One On One returns with part 2 with an amazing cast… the idea is to bring different genres that are also topical,” she added.

Singh also observed that the theatre-going audience have changed over the years.

“Earlier the perception was only a certain—older—age group watches theatre. Now we see younger people coming in… the age range is between 16-70 now. We bring in a mix of off-beat and mainstream so there is something for anyone who is interested,” added Singh.

Old World Theatre Festival will be held between October 10-18 at the India Habitat Centre and Epicentre, Gurgaon. Book tickets now! http://www.oldworldtheatrefestival.com/

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