The group's statement:
"Mumbai, we thought, faced a serious shortage of theatre spaces. Theatrical work in the city, we felt, was handicapped by the constraints of over-familiar and over-used venues. We started the industrial theatre co. to discover and popularize alternative spaces for theatre in Mumbai. Before too long, we discovered how complicated the dynamics of getting people to frequent exciting new spaces really are. And quickly moved back to using theatres. Today, we'll work anywhere."
A theatre group with about thirteen odd productions under its belt, the Industrial Theatre Co. can be seen as a potent symbol of young blood that is not afraid to tread anywhere, which will try out new things (never mind if they are not understood!) and risk failure; with the bags ready to move onů
Its productions till date have received mixed reviews, some good, some not quite so. But yet the group must be credited for staging plays in an innovative fashion and for its exploration of new spaces.
The group was co-founded by four well-meaning young people of whom one founder, Karan Makhija has moved on. The other founders are:
Nadir Khan who has worked widely in the theatre as an actor, director and producer. A founding member of Q Theatre Productions, he has for radio with the BBC as well as with a local Mumbai radio station.
Pushan Kripalani studied film in the U.K. He is a practicing cinematographer and theatre director.
Rehaan Engineer trained at the R.A.D.A. in London. He currently lives and works in Mumbai, directing and acting in the theatre and in film.
Productions till date:
THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK (2004)
CLOGGED ARTERIES (2004)
MOLLY SWEENEY (2004)
THE MAIDS (2004)
SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO (2003)
THE MRICHHAKATIKAA (2003)
MANIFESTLY FALSE (2002)
A SUITABLE BOY (2001)