The MPTF Goes Places

30 11 2010

The MetroPlus Theatre Fest is growing rapidly and this year, it travels to Bangalore (Dec 2 to 5), Coimbatore (Dec 8 to 11) and Hyderabad (Dec 15 to 18), hosting four plays in each city.

Scroll below for details on plays, schedules, previews, tickets and more. Or take it all in at a glance with this video!

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The Schedule and Previews – Hyderabad

30 11 2010

December 15 –‘Ms. Meena’

Perch (Chennai)

 

December 16 – ‘Taramandal’

Tadpole Repertory (Delhi)

 

December 17 – ‘Swami and Friends’

The Madras Players And Landing Stage (Chennai)

 

December 18 –‘One on One’

Rage Productions (Mumbai)





The MetroPlus Theatre Fest goes to Hyderabad!

30 11 2010

The MetroPlus Theatre Fest will be in Hyderabad this year, between December 15 and 18, showcasing four plays

Launched in Chennai in 2005, The Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Fest has grown to become one of the best-known theatre festivals in the country. Over the years, the Fest has showcased theatre from various parts of India and the world. This year marks a watershed in the evolution of the festival, which travels this month to three other South Indian cities – Bangalore, Coimbatore, and your own, Hyderabad.

The festival in your city features four plays, the details of which are provided here.

We open with ‘Ms. Meena’, a bold and inventive adaptation of a Swiss play, that was commissioned for the MetroPlus Theatre Fest in Chennai, where it was performed in August 2010.

Next up, we have ‘Taramandal’, which won The MetroPlus Playwright Award 2010. The Rs. 1 lakh prize is given to the best unpublished and unperformed play in English.

This is followed by ‘Swami and Friends’, an appropriately endearing reconstruction of R.K. Narayan’s best-known and most-loved novel.

The curtains come down with ‘One on One’ by Rage Productions, a collection of sharp funny and extremely perceptive short plays by some of Mumbai’s best-known actors and directors. The play was showcased earlier this year at The MetroPlus Theatre Fest in Chennai, where it was received very warmly.

We hope The MetroPlus Theatre Fest becomes an annual event in Hyderabad and we seek your support in making the inaugural edition a success.

Tickets are priced at Rs. 500, 300 and 200. Season passes are available for Rs. 1500 & Rs. 900.

Tickets for all shows can be purchased online at http://www.thehindu.com/theatrefest and http://www.indianstage.in (see links in the sidebar) and The Hindu (Begumpet).

All the shows start at 7.30 p.m. at Ravindra Bharathi, Lakhdi-ka-pool, Public Garden Road, Saifabad, Hyderabad.





The Schedule and Previews – Coimbatore

30 11 2010

December 8 – ‘Five Point Someone’

Evam (Chennai)

 

December 9 –‘One on One’

Rage Productions (Mumbai)


December 10 – ‘Hamlet – The Clown Prince’

Cinematograph (Mumbai)


December 11 – ‘Ms. Meena’

Perch (Chennai)






The MetroPlus Theatre Fest goes to Coimbatore!

30 11 2010

This year, the MetroPlus Theatre Fest will be at Coimbatore from December 8 to 11,  showcasing four plays in succession

Launched in Chennai in 2005, The Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Fest has grown to become one of the best-known theatre festivals in the country. Over the years, the Fest has showcased theatre from various parts of India and the world. This year marks a watershed in the evolution of the festival, which travels this month to three other South Indian cities – Hyderabad, Bangalore and your own, Coimbatore.

The festival in your city features four plays, the details of which are provided in this brochure.

We open with evam’s Five Point Someone, an adaptation of the hugely popular novel by Chetan Bhagat, which narrates the story of pressures and delights of studying in an IIT campus with great humour and insight.

Next up, we have One on One by Rage Productions, a collection of sharp, funny and extremely perceptive short plays by some of Mumbai’s best-known actors and directors. The play was showcased earlier this year at The MetroPlus Theatre Fest in Chennai, where it was received very warmly.

This is followed by another Mumbai production Hamlet –The Clown Prince, an award-winning production that has delighted audiences wherever it has been staged. The curtains come down with Ms. Meena, a bold and inventive adaptation of a Swiss play, by a Chennai group.

We hope The MetroPlus Theatre Fest becomes an annual event in Coimbatore and we seek your support in making the inaugural edition a success.

Tickets are priced at Rs. 300, 200 and 100. Season passes are available for Rs. 900 & Rs. 600.

Tickets for all shows can be purchased online at http://www.thehindu.com/theatrefest and http://www.indianstage.in (see links in the sidebar). Tickets for all shows are also available at KG Big Cinemas, Nilgiri’s Departmental Stores (R.S. Puram), Photo Centre (Race Course Road and Sai Baba Colony), Atmos Café (Air Force Road), The Hindu Office (LIC Road) and the Venue (Corporation Kalaiarangam).

All the shows start at 7.30 p.m. at Corporation Kalaiarangam, R.S. Puram, Coimbatore.





The Schedule and Previews – Bangalore

30 11 2010

December 2 – ‘Harlesden High Street’

Indian Ensemble (Bangalore)


 

December 3 – ‘The President is Coming’

Q Theatre Productions (Mumbai)


 

December 4 – ‘Swami and Friends’

The Madras Players And Landing Stage (Chennai)

 

December 5 –  ‘One on One’

Rage Productions (Mumbai)





The MetroPlus Theatre Fest Goes to Bangalore!

30 11 2010

This year, the MetroPlus Theatre Fest travels to Bangalore, staging four plays  from December 2 to 5.

Be prepared to be drawn into a world of nostalgia, satire, friendship, conflict and drama. The Hindu Metroplus Theatre Festival, launched in 2005 in Chennai, is considered one of India’s most well-known festivals. This year the Festival brings four outstanding plays to your city—“Harlesden High Street”, “The President is coming”, “Swami and Friends” and “One on One”—from December 2 to December 5.

The Festival opens with the winner of the 2008 MetroPlus Playwright Award—“Harlesden High Street” (December 2), which will be performed by Indian Ensemble, Bangalore. The play powerfully explores issues of immigration and identity. Written by Abhishek Majumdar and directed by Neel Chaudhuri, incidentally another MetroPlus playwright awardee, “Harlesden High Street” is set on the High Street in Harlesden, inhabited mostly by immigrant communities—Jamaicans, Poles and Pakistanis. The street is notorious for its high crime rate but also has latent within it the aspirations and frustrations of the middle class. The play depicts these various issues through the stories and voices of three Pakistani immigrants—Rehaan, Karim and Ammi—during the course of a day.

Next up is Q Theatre Production’s “The President is coming” (December 3). Written by Anuvab Pal and directed by Kunaal Roy Kapur, “The President is coming” is a mix of political satire and farce that deals with issues relevant to contemporary India. Six achievers under 30 are selected and subjected to a series of tests ranging from trivia to situational acting. They will stop at nothing to outdo each other for the award of shaking hands with the President of the United States of America. “The President is coming” was first staged in 2006 as part of the Writers’ Bloc Festival in Mumbai and has since been adapted into a film besides having many successful runs and re-runs.

The next production that will be presented is “Swami and Friends” (December 4), which is an adaptation of one of R.K. Narayan’s well-known novels of the same name by Manasi Subramaniam. Directed by Aruna Ganesh Ram and staged by the Madras Players, “Swami and Friends” is set against Malgudi, a fictional place, and depicts the escapades of a young boy Swami and his two friends, Rajam and Mani.

The Festival concludes with the staging of “One on One” by the Mumbai-based theatre group Rage Productions. “One on One” is a collection of hilarious and extremely perceptive short plays and has been directed by six of Mumbai’s best-known actors and directors. The play has been well-received for its sharp commentary on the socio-political affairs of the country.

Tickets are priced at Rs. 500, 300 and 200. Season passes are available for Rs. 1,500 and Rs. 900. Student passes are available for Rs. 100 (entry into the auditorium with the ticket is only permitted on producing a valid student photo ID card). Tickets can be purchased online at www.thehindu.com/theatrefest and www.indianstage.in (see links on the sidebar). Tickets are also available at Landmark in Koramangala and Jayanagar, Blossoms (Church Street) and J.P. Nagar and the Hindu office, Infantry Road. All the shows start at 7:30 p.m. at Jnana Jyothi Convention Centre, Central College Campus, Bangalore.

The title sponsor of the Festival is Bose while the associate sponsors are Nippon Paint and Club Mahindra, besides, Lavazaa-Beverage Partner and Evam-Event Manager.