At a time when theatre practitioners of all hues have needed to wait within the wings for the stage to return alive once more, some theatre administrators and teams try to maintain the scene rejuvenated by going online with performs and talks.
Nireeksha Women’s Theatre, primarily based in Thiruvananthapuram, as an illustration, has been organising a sequence of talks associated to ladies, theatre and the pandemic since October 21, the primary of which was by eminent theatre particular person Anamika Haskar.
“As of now, we have completed 15 talks on different aspects of the same topic by organisers, producers, actors, directors, activists and so on. Theatreperson Srilatha Kadavil, women studies’ expert Mini Sukumaran, president of Rangaprabhath Children’s Theatre, KS Geetha, professional theatre artiste Manju Reji and so on were some of our speakers,” explains E Rajeshwari, co-founder of Nireeksha and theatre activist.
They noticed that throughout the lockdown ladies needed to bear the brunt of the dearth of house to practise their artwork and financially too it was a troublesome part as there have been no phases. Moreover, many ladies who took to the stage needed to face and overcome opposition from household and family members. So once they had been disadvantaged of an area to practise their artwork, they had been pressured to do it within the confines of their house, says Rajeshwari.
Another necessary challenge was the accessibility of online services as not many had the mandatory infrastructure to take part in online actions. Many ladies additionally identified that the lockdown had erased their privateness even inside their houses as the complete household was cooped up at house throughout the peak of the lockdown.
As a response to the pandemic-related points raised by most of the ladies theatre practitioners, Nireeksha determined to organise an online festival of performs, ‘Women Artists’ Visual Expression’ (Wave), which begins on December 25.
The solely standards was that the play needed to be between 15 to 20 minutes in period and needed to have a lady’s perspective. There was no restriction on theme or format however the script and route needed to be by ladies. Actors might embrace males too.
“The women were invited to stage a play wherever they wanted, shoot it on their mobile or camera and share it with us. That is how ‘Wave’ was conceptualised,” explains Rajeshwari.
‘Wave’ has eight performs of 15- 20-minute period, which will probably be uploaded on Nireeksha’s Facebook web page, YouTube channel and web site from December 25 to January 1, 2021. A remuneration of ₹4,000 will probably be paid for the printed performs.
To their nice shock, all of the performs turned out to be solo themes enacted by ladies from completely different walks of life and of all ages. “As the theme develops, we are not sure if the solo play will evolve into something else. But as of now, this is how their themes have been envisaged,” says Rajeshwari. Athira V P, Divya Gopinath, Garggi Ananthan, Kanchan Avchare, Pooja Mohanraj, Shajeela Subaida, Sherly Shaiju, and Sobha Panchamam are the eight theatre practitioners taking part in Wave.
While Athira, Divya and Garggi are energetic in cinema and theatre and have showcased their performing chops in critically-acclaimed movies, Kanchan, Shajeela, Sherly, Pooja and Sobha are theatre activists from throughout Kerala.
“We don’t plan to stop with this eight-day fete. If there are other women theatre practitioners who would like to participate, they are welcome to record a video and send it to Nireeksha on our Facebook page or by Whatsapp,” explains Rajeshwari.
She highlights that many beneficiant sponsors have donated wholeheartedly to assist Nireeksha’s try and contain ladies theatrepersons.
Nireeksha is already envisioning a second version of Wave involving males theatrepersons to give you feminist performs. They are already in talks with sure theatrepersons to conceptualise such a festival.
The performs are open to all on their Facebook web page and it has not been monetised.