Theatre Speaks

Delna Patel

Which is the last good play you saw and why...

Rehaan Engineer's SOUNDING VANYA. I loved how it was directed and staged and designed.

Your favourite adda to see a play...

Tata Theatre (I love the seating its extremely comfy and you can see from anywhere)

Your favourite playwright...

David Mamet - Yasmina Reza - Tennessee Williams

Your favourite play-character...

Shylock - the ultimate

A play you would like to see filmed. Why?

SHIKHAND - I think it's such an original and fabulously scripted play it would make a fabulous short film.

A novel/short story you would like to see on stage? Why?

THE LITTLE PRINCE -- it's my favorite story book and I think it's such a beautiful story that works on so many different levels for all ages.

The most hilarious play you have seen...


A play, which is over-hyped...


An important play (but ignored)...


A play character you would like to "dialogue" with...


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

"If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?". Shylock from MERCHANT OF VENICE. Sorry but it's my absolute favorite.

A classical play that you should have read...


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


How do you regard the Mumbai theatre scene?

Relatively pseudo and mediocre unless its regional theatre

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

During the WIZARD OF OZ, Bomsie Nicholson was playing the Wicked Witch of the West and gets finally flushed down an enormous commode, but he'd broken his leg and was on crutches in a wheelchair and we just couldn't fit him in and flush him off.

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

MILL ON THE FLOSS - it was just so stunningly staged and lit and performed.

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

Pearl Padamsee, (director), Urshilla Kerkar (set designer), Faezeh Jalali (actor)

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


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?

Bhel outside Prithvi and the days when we got whiskey laden Irish Coffee. And hot curry rice too.
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