The making of the English Play
It is with immense joy, satisfaction and delight to be informed officially today that ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ has been selected for the Finals of the National Drama Festival (English).
It has been nearly 3 weeks of hard work, late night rehearsals, full day rehearsal and live performance before an audience, working with settings etc that finally we got to taste the fruit of collaborative team work.
I would like to share the process of the making of the play.
Obviously, it all starts with the desire to participate in the Drama Festival in the English language. One should be committed at the beginning to devote resources voluntarily to this creative art form. Secondly the constitution of the group is very important and a stage performance is not a one-man show as actors as well as technical persons are required (light/sound/stage manager/transport crew/set designer).
Then, a good script by an experience playwright ensures a solid foundation. In English there are many plays written by Shakespeare. Last Year, was involved with the productions of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’ for the English Speaking Union. A very nice experience as the level of English by the artists (mostly teens/college students) were of a very good level.
During the Baharat Rang Mahotsav 2014, I was particularly impressed by the performance of the most-awaited play ‘Ek Kutte Ki Maut’ performed by NSD Students 3rd Year. Since that, I wanted to get a copy of the script, and the day finally came in May 2014 when I could purchase the script from publisher Bloomsbury.com. It was a great milestone!
The next was the distribution of the script to all team members. The opinion of the artists on the plot/theme of the play, structure of the play is very important. The feedback came in the form of ‘interesting but confusing.’ The confusing part was the ‘first person narrative point of view’, i.e the main character’s story is being read out by a narrator and at same time the story is being acted. I was confident for the full potential of creativity that the script allows me to exploit, as a director.
Then all starts with play reading…
I then proceeded with first group meeting, briefing the synopsis of the play and start the casting process with auditions.
Auditioning over, time to cast the roles so that the actors can do memorisation and characterisation.