Theatre Speaks

Asif Ali Beg
Actor, Singer, Writer
[English Theatre ]

Which is the last good play you saw and why?

On the Mumbai stage - 'EVERY BRILLIANT THING' directed Quasar Thakore Padamsee. Brilliantly performed by Vivek Madan it spoke about depression, an issue that is still greatly misunderstood in our country. It was also a great reminder of how we should learn to focus on the little things in life we take for granted.

Your favourite adda to see a play...


Your favourite playwright...

Oscar Wilde

Your favourite play-character...

I played: George in 'CHARGE' written by Eric Kaiser, directed by Yuki Ellias.

Would love to play: Norman in 'THE DRESSER' by Ronald Harwood.

The most hilarious play you have seen...


A play, which is over-hyped...


A passage from an important play that you can recite...

"There was your mistake. There was your error..." from Oscar Wilde's 'THE IDEAL HUSBAND.'

A classical play that you should have read...

Too many to mention....embarassing!!

How do you regard the Mumbai theatre scene?

A talented, starving orphan struggling to survive.

Have you read any interesting books/articles concerning the theatre? Why did you find them interesting?

Cliched as it may sound-'An Actor Prepares' –while it is meant to help you with the understanding of character, it also gives you a deep insight into the self. Takes you to places within the self that one might otherwise never have gone to.

If you have ever been a part of a theatre production/s, can you recall an event that was insightful, significant or simply humorous?

Ha ha....lots of bloopers....but the best one was me falling off the stage plonk into the lap of a startled audience member!!

Can you think of a foreign production that you found remarkable? Why?

Japanese director Satoshi Miyagi's production of 'ANTIGONE'-it was more words!

Your favourite director/actor/music or set designer...

Julie Taymor-director and costume designer 'THE LION KING'

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

'SEX, MORALITY AND CENSORSHIP' and 'STORIES IN A SONG'-both directed by Sunil Shanbag.

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?

The omelet sandwiches at the NCPA that were only available backstage!!!!
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