WALKING PATH performed at the Prithvi theatre in Juhu, and Sitara Studio in Dadar, Mumbai on the 19th and 20th of December 2014 after being selected as one of the top 5 plays to perform at the Thespo 16 youth theatre festival.
One highlight of this show was that a bunch of talented and enthusiastic young actors and actresses from India was also a part of the cast of WALKING PATH! The play went on boards with just two rehearsals with our Indian friends!
The director, Jayampathi Guruge together with the cast and crew brought home 4 out 5 awards given at the festival – Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Production Design, Outstanding Director, and Outstanding Play!
Performing at the Prithvi Theatre (click on the link to check out their website) was a novel experience for the whole cast; the hall, though a closed space, has an amphitheatre touch to it, with a three-sided thrust stage. Although of course WALKING PATH is a play without words, it has to be said that the acoustics at this venue are remarkable!
Their next venue, Sitara Studio (click on the link to check out their website), was an experimental performance space. Set at the end of a tiny alleyway, it looks nothing like a place that can host a play… but as soon as you step over the threshold, the atmosphere transforms itself completely, and it allowed team Thespo to magically create a theatre within.
Stroll over to the Thespo facebook page and website to see their updates of the festival.
WALKING PATH – a play without words, having concluded its final performance in Colombo on the 21st and 22nd of November, 2014 is now gearing up to go on boards at the Prithvi Theatre and Sitara Studio in Mumbai on the 19th and 20th of December, 2014.
WALKING PATH was selected to be a part of Thespo 16, a festival celebrating young talent in theatre, held 15th – 21st December 2014. Click here to read what Thespo is all about !
Log on to the Thespo 16 website to find out more.
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This far on in the production process, most of the play has been established. At this rehearsal the actors and the director discussed the run they had had previously and worked on ironing out the gaps in the play. They realized that to smoothen the flow, they needed to add a filler scene that would help things along. They talked about what ideas needed to be represented in that scene and then worked on devising it. They chose to represent the main themes of technology hindering human interaction, and tie it to the walking path culture. The actors, in twos and threes, were tasked with coming up with three moments that occur on the walking paths where phones interrupt the calm and create a distance in relationships. After the actors presented their ideas of exercise and relaxation, three scenarios were chosen to be put together to create the scene.
The director mainly worked with two actors today to devise a scene. He started by giving them each five different types of physical warm up type exercises to do, such as squats and crunches. He then got the actors to do exercises that complemented each other together, so as to create a level of sexual tension between the actors, while still maintaining the atmosphere of two guys exercising in a gym.
He then combined the sets of exercises in a sequence so that each set flowed into the next smoothly, to create a short scene. The actors tried to create an atmosphere of intense sexual tension, without changing their movements at all. They utilized eye contact and facial expression to do so.
After establishing this scene, the director introduced a new element of phones into the scene. This time, when they ran the scene, the actors were told to periodically check their phones, and seem like they were having other conversations through messaging. This immediately changed the tone of the scene. The previous dynamic of attraction and concentration between the actors was gone, replaced by a discordant, distracted, disconnected feeling instead.