To enjoy being Ridiculous

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“Why Spot?” , was one of the first questions thrown to us as we huddled in a circle with our gregarious instructors, and my brain whirred out possible answers to the question none of which I volunteered out, the most compelling of which was to be someone other than me. The throaty voice of the instructor roared out saying “To be ridiculous!”, and that seemed to finish off my boggart of fears, as I forced out a laugh.

As I walked into the hall at AMC on a lazy Sunday morning I felt like a fish out of the water,  as I questioned my decision-making skills for having written off the next 14 Sundays to trips down the rabbit hole. A few eyes followed me as walked on in to register myself and a pair remained glued to the pages of a novel (I inwardly cursed myself for not having thought of bringing one along). We started the session with instructions to jog till we dropped dead, which didn’t particularly lift my spirits but it did get me to snap out of my sleepy haze.

A multitude of exercises few of which involved us turning ourselves as  blobs,  it is extremely satisfying as we roll on the floor shifting through a number of body states. Folk dances and singing help loosen your body and voice, while improv sessions requiring you to be a range of different objects from machines to disgruntled immigrants makes you step out of your comfort zone as you begin to embrace the unknown.SPOT for me has been more than a theatre appreciation workshop, it shows us that unlearning and relearning are perhaps the greatest skills one can possess. If the Wachowski brothers (and now Elon Musk) were to be believed and we are indeed living in “The Matrix”, theatre is what will free our minds and help reclaim that missing joie de vivre as you enjoy being ridiculous, again.

This post has been penned by Sam Terence Roberts, a SPOT Trainee, batch of 2016. The flagship training programme of BLT has been the annual Summer Project on Theatre, popularly known as SPOT, was institutionalised in 1988.SPOT is a training-cum-production project spread over about three months.Reputed for its end productions. For more details of this production click on the link https://www.facebook.com/events/647211395444522/

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Theatre of Dreams

 

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One year ago I saw my first play – ‘Death’ – at the Alliance Française. I was awestruck at the by the sheer brilliance and complexity of the comedy… and also by the number of lines the lead actor had to remember. I was always interested in drama and cinema. But when I saw my first play, it sparked something in me. I just had to get into the magical realm of Theater.

One month from now, I will be acting in my first theatre production, ‘The Frisky Suspenders’, at the Alliance Française. It is a comedy.

When I looked for theatre workshops, I found a few courses lasting a month and costing above ₹5000. While I was very sure that I wanted in, my Dad was against it. I was disappointed. Little did I know, at that time, that this was probably the best thing that could happen. Life then took me to Bangalore Little Theatre’s Summer Project On Theatre (SPOT). I have no clue how I got into BLT’s mailing list but I got the email regarding SPOT and I instantly registered. After a short period on the waiting list and some dad convincing, I was finally in! What really got me interested in SPOT was its length (14 Sundays) and also the price (none of which is used for profits). SPOT is hands down the best theatre workshop in Bangalore.

As a studious school-going student who has consistently fared well in exams, SPOT set a challenge for me. Initially, I thought it would be just 14 Sundays and that I too could  do it with ease. But as we get closer to our final production, the rehearsals are  thrice a week, and we’re still a month away from curtains up! I have 2 sets of exams lined up next month, one of which coincides with my production dates. I have been staying up till 12 every night finishing up homework and even carrying books to study at rehearsals. Also, I used to be a bit scared of staying outside after dusk but now I’ve become completely confident about travelling in BMTC bus even at 9 in the night! I have seen more of Bangalore in the last two months than I have in my whole life. Studies and rehearsals have made my life very busy. But I guess without hard work and commitment, I cannot hope to achieve any target.

I had tried my hand in Hindustani music, but it did not work out with me. Then I tried learning the guitar (twice!) but it too did not work out. I was jealous of other kids who had a healthy extracurricular life, engaged in a bunch of activities. I have also had an obsession to always be different. So here I am, trying to be different – ‘The only below 20 SPOTer.’

It is not quizzing, MUNing, painting, dance or music that has become my tool for self-discovery. It is the theatre of my dreams.

-Guruprerana Shabadi

 

SPOT(Summer Program On Theatre)2016

BANGALORE LITTLE THEATRE announces the annual SPOT (Summer Project on Theatre). This workshop for theatre enthusiasts has been institutionalized as an annual event since the mid-80s. A great many of the theatre community in Bangalore have been through BLT’s training and workshop productions.

Inviting Applications for SPOT (Summer Program On Theatre) 2016

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More details in the link below

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Bangalore Little Theatre and Alliance Française de Bangalore
Present
RHINOCEROS
An adaptation by Eugene Ionesco : a comedy in the absurd tradition

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Now in its 55th year, Bangalore Little Theatre (BLT) is the city’s oldest and most widely respected theatre society, committed to the promotion of theatre and performing arts. BLT has a long track record of outreach activity relating itself to the Bangalore environment. One of the longest running programmes is the Summer Project on Theatre (SPOT). SPOT  is a workshop is modeled after the National Youth Theatre in the UK, but is obviously more limited in its scale. However, the inputs to the summer workshop are of the highest quality, drawing on the best available methodology. Although open to all interested (“from 16 to 60”), irrespective of prior experience in or aptitude for theatre activity. The workshop runs for three months and culminates in the annual theatre production. The year 2015 has two courses of SPOT, and will complete 30 programmes since its inception.

The founder of the workshops, Vijay Padaki, has a long involvement in training methodology in Management and Organizational Development. He has successfully hybridized training methods between the two spheres of theatre and management. BLT has trained trainers to disseminate theatre training more effectively. Customized theatre workshops from BLT are constantly in demand from colleges, schools, clubs, corporate bodies and other institutions. The participants are exposed to all aspects of a theatre production, including  the basics of acting technique and the many aspects of stagecraft, such as stage design, lighting, sound, sets, props, costumes, etc.  SPOT includes hands-on experience in play production, and culminates in public performances of a chosen play script. Sometimes even the play script is an original one by the SPOT team.

This year’s Summer Project culminates in the performance of an adaptation of the French absurd classic RHINOCEROS by Eugene Ionesco. Bangalore Little Theatre is one of the oldest cultural partners of Alliance Française de Bangalore. Since its inception in 1970 AF has had the association of BLT in several ways, both organizationally and in programme content. The production is a product of the continuing cultural partnership between Alliance Française and BLT.

The play RHINOCEROS is a comic comment on the forces of majoritarianism creeping into a society and the blind acceptance by members of the society.  Ionesco’s drama combines abstract philosophical ideas of the nature of human logic with down to earth humor about the way humans deceive themselves with rationalizations in the name of logic.  The deeper undercurrent question remains through the play: Can logic replace responsibility in society? From this arises the most important theme of the play, namely the place of individuality in society and the significance of individual responsibility. If the rhinoceros serves as a metaphor for people succumbing to a majoritarian tidal wave,  the play’s appeal to resist the wave with logic and responsibility is derived from the same metaphor.

In keeping  with many of the plays in the Theatre of the Absurd, RHINOCEROS is conscious of itself as a play, as when one of the characters suggests to another character that he should see one of Ionesco’s plays. It forces the audience to recognize the performance before them as a play and not as a diversion. Ionesco breaks the “fourth wall” of the theatre (and numerous other walls and structures explode in the play) to make the audience leave the theatre feeling that the absurdity they witnessed was somehow more real than a “realistic” play. Audiences will recognize the relevance of the play in today’s society immediately.

Dates: August 28, 29 and 30
Timings: 3:30 P.M and 7:00 P.M
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore
Admission Free,first-come-served. 
Cast and Crew 
Narrator 1 – TamannaWadehra,
Narrator 2- CharulKapilJean, Karan Manveer Singh
Berenger- Deepak Mote
Logician – Tania Robinson
Old Gent – Shiv Kumar
Waitress- SanjnaJagdeesh
Grocer – Swapnil Kumar Yadav
Grocer’s wife – Aarti Sharma Grocer’s wife- Neha Shrivastav Proprietor- Rabi Agrawal Housewife- Sampada G Daisy- SahanaSubramanyam Daisy – Sujata Guha
Little Old Man – Matu Agarwal
Papillon – Vijay Kumar S
Dudard- Shubham Srivastava
Botard- Harish Shivanna
Mrs Boeuf – Annie Acharya
Little Old Man – Matu Agarwal
Papillon – Vijay Kumar S
Dudard- Shubham Srivastava
Botard- Harish Shivanna
Mrs Boeuf – Annie Acharya
Backstage – Karan Manveer Singh, MatuAgarwal, DeepakMote , Shubham Srivastava, AdityeNair, Minti Jain , MurtazaKhetty,Joseph, Aslam
Costumes, Props, Stage management –TamannaWadehra, Priyalakshmi Rao
Lights – Minti Jain/Aditye Nair
Poster design – Deepak Mote
SPOT Trainers- Vijay Padaki, MurtuzaKhetty, Minti Jain, Priyalakshmi Rao, AmjadPrawej
Director – Abhishek Sundaravadanan
Assisted by – Vijay Padaki

Into the Purple Sunset

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BLT presents Into the Purple Sunset – an evening of hilarious plays by David Campton

Bangalore Little Theatre is back with a collection of hilarious, British tragicomedy/absurd plays by the renowned playwright David Campton. Campton was a prolific British dramatist who wrote plays for the stage, radio and cinema for thirty-five years.

This play ” Into the Purple Sunset ” is the first of a new programme called “BLT GOLD” wherein we celebrate classic plays from our archives of over 200 plays done in the past 54 years.
Into the Purple Sunset consists of three loosely connected one act plays, absurd, humourous, full of suspense and surprises. The plays are written in the 50’s – 60’s but the situation no different today. It feels very much part of our lives today.The 3 parts of Into the Purple Sunset shows us different aspects of the world we live in.
In this collection, the first play “The smell of burning” a hysterical take on civil unrest and the ignorance of the general public. We then move to the famous and still relevant comical piece called “Out of the Flying pan”. This animated energetic play which has two diplomat’s come together to form a treaty between two nations. The business of government being nation building, trying to obtain more land, wealth and resources, each diplomat is responsible for getting the most out of their agreement. When each side resorts to trickery and underhandedness, the government official’s find they are plunged into war, destroying more then they knew they were bargaining for. This results in full fledged nuclear warfare that leads us to “Mutatis Mutandis” a witty , mirthful “comedy of menace” which gets absurd by the minute.

David Campton is considered one of the first British playwrights to have explored the ‘Theatre of the Absurd’. He was part of the ‘famous six that revitalized British theatre in the 60’s and 70’s.The group included Pinter, Mortimer, Simpson, Wesker and Ayckboum.
Campton, was a friend of BLT. He admired the concept of the Academy of Theatre Arts emphasizing Theatre Education and share many ideas. He maintained contact with us till his death in 2006. He donated a big collection of his plays to our library.

The cast has talented folks from varied backgrounds including the CMO of a new age voice and data technology firm, engineer, technology lawyer, designer, marketing professional, home maker, theatre professional and freelance photographer.
Show dates :
Public Shows
Alliance Francaise

16th May 2015 – 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
17st May 2015 – 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM

Direction : Abhishek Sundaravadanan and Murtuza Khetty.
Age Limit: 12 yrs onwards only.
TICKET PRICES : Rs. 250/-
AVAILABLE AT : www.bookmyshow.com
BLT : bangalorelittletheatre@gmail.com

World Theatre Day for Children

A celebration event was held in Bengaluru on Sunday,March 22. The celebration this year was unusual in more than one way. To start with, BLT had the National Gallery of Modern Art join the celebration by holding the event in their premises. Second, NGMA happened to open a prestigious exhibition at that time. It was the work of Jamini Roy, hailed as among the first of India’s painters in the modern-contemporary mould. The connection to Tagore and Santiniketan could not be missed. That led to the next important feature of this year’s celebration. With the kind permission of the curator Ms. Ella Datta (and enthusiastic support), we had groups of children doing unrehearsed storytelling before select paintings of Jamini Roy. The animated storytelling was right there in the gallery.

We had over a hundred children attending (another special feature of the 2015 celebration), along with parents or teachers. They listened to the highly imaginative tales in awe and with rapt attention. In two of the stories, the children created a tale from two adjacent paintings, as if they were part of the same story in the painter’s mind!

In addition to this there were songs, games, some storytelling and a film screening. The most pleasant surprise was the appearance of over a hundred children at NGMA in spite of the exam season! Something right happening!

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