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THEATRE “The Play without a title” by Federico García Lorca > 7:30pm on 10th, 11th & 12th August 2018

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Venue : Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place (CP)
Federico Garcia Lorca
Federico Garcia Lorca

Entry : Free (Seating on First-Come First-Served basis)

Venue : Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place (CP), New Delhi - 110001

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Metro : Nearest Metro Station - 'Rajiv Chowk' (Yellow Line and Blue Line)
Area : Connaught Place (CP)

Event Description : THEATRE “The Play without a title” by Federico García Lorca
As part of 'Music and Performing Arts' Series. 

Concept Note about the production: “The play without a Title” remains one of Lorca’s last and unfinished works, although the first act could be a full length play in itself. The stage is set for A Midsummer Night’s Dream to be performed but the director/Author decides not to go ahead with the play because of the sudden realisation he had the day before. The truth that he was looking for in theatre was missing altogether. Thus the play starts with the
dialogue between the constituents of art engagement i.e. The Artist or the The Athor/Director, the content which is the actors and the text, and lastly the subject or the audience/spectators. Even before the author starts his monologue on 'truth’ that is missing in the theatres, it is established that a violent workers revolution has started which is slowly approaching the auditorium. The conversation on art keeps going on when the revolution gets even closer and that is when the relevance of art at these political times comes into play. The author just like Lorca wanted the revolution to not just happen in Spain but also the theatre in which theatre is broken apart and distributed to the commoners. He believed that the theatre has been systematically kept away from the working class and has been kept as a property for the bourgeoisie. Thus the political conversation begins and the violence approaches closer and closer. Thus the outside violence starts to affect the people inside and they start to react to it and their political views in term of class division, ideological differences, hatred, bigotry and violence come forward. The second part of the play deals totally with the political conversation of art and the people and what it
means to different people in different times.This is where comes in conceptually of the part of audience who have rendered art as something consumable and consumes the theatre like daily soap without thinking. In a way whatever the author was trying to achieve gets accomplished by the audience which brings out the reality and relevance of art right at that time.The play ends with the revolution hitting the auditorium. Midsummer's night dream
is the play that is supposed to be performed but like the theatre is taken apart by the author and what we see are the fragments of the play which are left behind. Midsummer's night dream is not performed instead only references will be taken to help the argument of the play. The play will be the dialogue between the spaces which is basically the audience, the stage and the outside. (Noel Sengupta & Shobhit Bhatia)

About the directors: 

Noel Sengupta is a Delhi based theatre practitioner who started his theatre journey in the
Ramjas College theatre Society in Shunya. He acted in several plays and was also one of the co-directors of the play Kaachu. He then went to assist directors in the play Raavan Aaya by Aagaaz and Pascualnama by Third Space Collective. He has acted in plays and sketches with Third Space Collective and Tadpole Repertory. He was also a theatre facilitator for Ryan International Rohini and Noida for a short period of time.

Shobhit Bhatia is a theatre practitioner and an aspiring filmmaker. An alumnus of Shunya, the Theatre Society of Ramjas College, he has directed plays such as Sandeep Shikhar’s “Deluxe Hair Cutting Saloon” and a modern day adaptation of Badal Sircar’s “Evam Indrajit”. He has also contributed as an assistant to the director in some notable productions performed in conjunction with Third Space Collective such as Dastaan-e-Bhookh and Love, Prufrock. 
To his credit is also his short film titled ‘RareView’. His experience in filmmaking extends to cinematography, which he is responsible for in the yet to release short film ‘Maamluk’. His most recent project is an upcoming feature film ‘Rajma Chawal’ directed by the acclaimed director Leena Yadav. Shobhit owes much of his personal and professional growth to theatre and regards himself a theatre novice for now and years to come.

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