Wednesday, 27 June 2012

वाचिकम - Vachikam

Fanatika Theatre Club with the support of the TransIndus Foundation introduces a new monthly programme: Vachikam. Every fourth or last Tuesday of the month will have a theatrical reading session from 7:00 pm onwards at the Gujarati Sahitya Parishad.

“God of Carnage”, originally Le Dieu du Carnage (French) by Yasmina Reza. Before the play begins, two 11-year-old children, Benjamin and Henry (Ferdinand Reille and Bruno Houllié (in the original French version), get involved in argument because Henry refuses to let Benjamin join his 'gang'. Benjamin knocks out two of Henry's teeth with a stick. That night, the parents of both children meet to discuss the matter. Benjamin's father, Alan (Alain in French), is a lawyer who is never off his mobile phone. His mother, Annette is in "wealth management" (her husband's wealth, to be precise), and consistently wears good shoes. Henry's father, Michael (Michel in French), is a self-made wholesaler with an unwell mother. Michael's wife, Veronica (Véronique in French), is writing a book about Darfur. As the evening goes on, the meeting degenerates into the four getting into irrational arguments, and their discussion falls into the loaded topics of misogyny, racial prejudice and homophobia. One of the central dramatic moments of the play occurs when Annette vomits onstage, all over the coffee table and books.

31 July 2012, Tuesday, 7:00 pm, Gujarati Sahitya Parishad

Friday, 22 June 2012

Fanatika's most recent production: દાખલા તરીકે (Dakhla Tarike)

Dakhla Tarike's first performance on 10 June 2012 at Gujarati Sahitya Parishad
About the play:
Dakhala Tarike is the images, impressions and opinions of the youth today on the theatre in Gujarat at present. A young theatre artist (writer, actor, director) with considerable experience and having worked on national and international projects decides to settle in his home town Ahmedabad to then devote his golden years to the Gujarati theatre scene. His exploration of the current commercial practice and what the audience is accustomed to leads him to start his own workshop. Full of passion, frustration and on continual debate with himself, he discovers the habits and exposure of the youth and tries to break their fantasy of becoming a star in an overnight's time through theatre only to encounter later some problems with his actors, writer and producer who are used to practising conventional slapsticks.

The play is about 1 hour 20 minutes. It is contemporary in its language - Gujarati the way we speak now and contemporary in its treatment: breaking from the unity of time and space, no formal set, minimal properties. A new experiment, with a new subject.

About the team:
This production is created for the participants of our regular workshop on theatre. Except 3 professional actors who are part of our previous batches and are now developing their careers in theatre, TV and films, the rest of the cast is getting their first break as part of their continuous training on stage.
Music is live with only a few extracts recorded, completely original.

Lights are also done by Fanatika workshop participant who is now a student at FTII Pune.
Writer, director: Chintan Pandya

Raunaq Kamdar
Netri Trivedi
Hemang Dave
Mruga Thakkar
Maulin Pandya
Aishwarya Patel
Jaimin Dave
Nirja Parmar
Bharat Molker
Kamayani Vyas
Lights: Pratik Rathod
Music: Margey Raval