Theatre Speaks

Faezeh Jalali Theatre Speak
Actor, Director, Playwright

Which is the last play you liked and why?

CHEKHOV'S WOMEN by Rehaan Engineer
It was really well done on all levels.

Your favourite adda to see a play...

Prithvi. I like the NCPA Experimental space a lot too.

Your favourite playwright...

I don't have a favourite playwright/s anymore. I think I like certain plays by various playwrights.

Your favourite play-character...

Pace Ceagan from the TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK (from the ones I've played)

A play you would like to see filmed. Why?

None. I like watching plays in theatres.

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

When I Hit You by Meena Kandaswamy.

The most hilarious play you have seen...


A play, which is over-hyped...

Not fair to comment on this.

An important play (but ignored):

07/07/07 :) #plugin, QTP's THE PEASANT OF EL SALVADOR. (Actually I don't know if these plays were ignored)

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


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

Which play is important? I can recite from my play SHIKHANDI because I have to perform it soon (#plugin2)- So I suppose that's important :)

A classical play that you should have read...

The other 12 plays by Bhasa (other than URUBHANGA which I have read)

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

Koodiyattam performances

How do you regard the Mumbai/Indian theatre scene?

Doing the best we can with the resources we have and the limited support we get.

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

Can you recall an event that was insightful, significant or simply humorous during your theatre journey?

I broke my hand at the interval point of a show.

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

STRANGE CREATURES, an amazing physical piece by an Iranian group...for its visuals and its politics. PAYEEZ also an Iranian play for its politics. Enjoyed also THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME (National Theatre) for its style and form and THE DROWNED MAN, an immersive theatre piece by Punchdrunk

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

Rehaan Engineer
Veenapaani Chawla
Pearl Padamsee
Actors Kapila Venu (Koodiyattam) and Nimmy Raphael (Adishakti)

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

AHALIYA performed by Usha Nangiar

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 don't eat or drink when I work. But Sachin Kamani's neembu paani and amla juice are amazing

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