Theatre Speaks

Akanksha Gupta
Actor

Which is the last play you liked and why?
URMILA by Adishakti, because it was a very intense and energetic performance.

Your favourite adda to see a play…
Prithvi Theatre

Your favourite playwright…
Girish Karnad

Your favourite play-character…
HAMLET

A play you would like to see filmed. Why?
YAYATI by Girish Karnad. As it would bring out the yearning of each character to screen for the audiences to see today. It would be relevant - as people, we still hold on to our desires very strongly, also at the cost of other lives.

A novel/short story you would like to see on stage? Why?
ALCHEMIST by Paulo Coelho. It’s an amazing story, and it would even more beautiful to watch how it unfolds in front of the audience.

The most hilarious play you have seen…
YUN BANI MAHABHARAT by Pratap Sehgal

A play, which is over-hyped…
Can’t say

An important play (but ignored):
Can't say at present

A play character you would like to “dialogue” with…
Bhagat Singh from GAGAN DAMAMA BAJYO

A passage from an important play that you can recite…
Bhagat Singh from GAGAN DAMAMA BAJYO

A classical play that you should have read…
ROMEO AND JULIET

A play that changed your perception about the theatre….
URMILA

How do you regard the Mumbai/Indian theatre scene?
I believe theatre is a very powerful medium to tell stories. More so, also for actors to practice their craft. Doing it merely for the sake of it, won't add any value. But doing it with full motivation and energy, can drive theatre upwards.

Have you read any interesting books/articles concerning the theatre? Why did you find them interesting?
An Actor Prepares by Constantin Stanislavski. It focuses on the learning of acting in theatre, which I also experience a lot as I have to practise for my plays. I think it is offering great perspectives for actors and directors on how to explore and expand in every day of the rehearsal and how to perform.

Can you recall an event that was insightful, significant or simply humorous during your theatre journey?
An insightful event in my theatre journey was just over time - realizing after doing a lot of shows of a play, that I need to put in so much more hard work into performing and building the character. Nobody else can do it, and I cannot be dependent upon anybody else in the team as well, as it is my job as an actor to do it.

Can you think of a foreign production that you found remarkable? Why?
Haven't watched a lot of foreign productions

Your favourite director/actor/music or set designer…
Vicky Kaushal

A significant Indian production that you may have witnessed…..
ALADDIN

Life in the theatre without the humble batata-wada or the cutting chai… or can you recall the best gastronomic experience you've had in the precincts of the theatre to date?
I love the brownies and cutting chai at Prithvi Cafe. And chai and biscuit in Mandi house Delhi.
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