Again when playwright Thomas Manuel, the 2016 winner of The Hindu Playwright Award (for his script Hamlet and Angad), was nonetheless in faculty, he had written his maiden play. About loss of life. Known as, A Play About Loss of life. Regardless of (or presumably due to) its novice and irreverent nature, the tongue-in-cheek, scathingly sarcastic manufacturing noticed succesful exhibits in Chennai’s Alliance Francaise after which it was shelved for 9 years.
Now, it’s being picked up and dusted in preparation for an encore, 10 years after it first noticed the sunshine of stage. Although it received’t be introduced earlier than 2021 (relying on what new, physically-distanced lifestyle we emerge out to, this 12 months), it’s nonetheless being thought of the flagship efficiency of Chennai’s latest novice theatre outfit — Home of Theatrics.
Introduced simply this week, Home of Theatrics is the brainchild of Thomas Davis. Thomas’ Home of T has already carved a distinct segment for itself within the metropolis’s indie music, and the identical group of three — together with Anushka Subramanian and Mrithika Munukoti — shall be helming Home of Theatrics as properly. In addition to performs, additionally they plan to host storytelling classes, monologues, readings, and a comic book strip that options the Grim Reaper chatting with the viewers. There may also be a string of workshops and competitions, that permit aspiring thespians to hone their craft, from script-writing to performing and route, in addition to different elements of theatre.
Thomas, who was a part of the 2011 A Play About Loss of life, says, “About 99% of the performs and different productions that we plan to place up may have darkish humour or darkish themes; absurdist theatre however with darkish connotations.” One other factor he states categorically, is that this outfit is supposed for less than amateurs and particulary for these with little to no publicity, with the intention of making a mutually supportive fraternity of aspiring artistes, very similar to the one he has helped construct in music.
“It’s for people who find themselves nonetheless unsure if they’re meant for theatre. For people who find themselves discovering their method, who’re in search of a stage to only test the place they stand. Which is what Home of T stands for as properly.”
So over the following three weeks or so, count on to see the unique forged and crew of each A Play About Loss of life and Hamlet of Angad — lots of whom have since grown into formidable names with followings of their very own — ship in snippets and curtain raisers of their outdated roles. As you learn this, the group of Home of Theatrics can be engaged on different Instagram-friendly occasions. As a result of though the stage can’t be approached now, the present should go on.