Theatre Speaks

Harshal Singh

Which is the last play you liked and why?
The last play I liked was “BABUJI DHEERE CHALNA”. The amount of conviction with which the actors played their role made me like the play. The play was beautifully written & executed.

Your favourite adda to see a play…
Prithvi theatre always

Your favourite playwright…
Lt Vijay tendulkar ji and my mentor Om Katare ji

Your favourite play-character…
The prisoner from the play “FUNDI”. I would love to do that character someday.

A play you would like to see filmed. Why?
I would like to see “RAAT BAAKI HAI” written by “Om katare” to be filmed. The story written is good with a lot of twist and turns. I think it will engage the audience very well.

A novel/short story you would like to see on stage? Why?
“SAVDHAAN DULHE KI TALAASH HAI” is the story I would like to see on stage. Because it is very well presented by one of the best writer in the country “Lt Vijay Tendulkar ji”.

The most hilarious play you have seen…
It definitely has to be “RAVANLEELA” performed by “YATRI THEATRE”

A play, which is over-hyped…
I believe all plays are beautiful and personally I have never come across any over hyped plays yet.

An important play (but ignored):
“KAALCHAKRA” is a very important play but ignored by the upcoming generation. It shows the reality of how in today’s world children leave their parents or ask them to move to an old age home which is disheartening.

A play character you would like to “dialogue” with…
I would like to have a conversation with “Vithal rao” from “KAAL CHAKRA”

A passage from an important play that you can recite…
Whenever I am asked to recite a passage I always like to recite one of the soliloquy of “PERFECT FAMILY’S” last scene of Mr. Anand Arun Kumar where he praises his wife for her efforts to hold the family together.

A classical play that you should have read…

A play that changed your perception about the theatre….
"TILLU KI DULHANIYA” changed my perception about theatre.

How do you regard the Mumbai/Indian theatre scene?
I would love to see Indian theatre grow. In recent times I felt that Indian theatre has lost its value amongst the people. Mumbai is the only place Indian theatre is running well. I want to see Indian theatre to do well all over the country.

Have you read any interesting books/articles concerning the theatre? Why did you find them interesting?
I have recently read "THE ACTORS PREPARE” by "Constantin Stanislavski”. It has a very good insight of not only acting but how a theatre play works and how it impacts audience if performance is good both on on-stage & backstage.

Can you recall an event that was insightful, significant or simply humorous during your theatre journey?
It was once while I was performing a play "CHANDU KI CHACHI” at Prithvi theatre when button of my pants broke and my pants almost fell down while I was performing a comedy scene. This in turn made the audience laugh even more while it was little embarrassing for me.

Can you think of a foreign production that you found remarkable? Why?
I have not yet seen a foreign production but I saw a Flamenco dance performance at Prithvi theatre which blew my mind

Your favourite director/actor/music or set designer…
My favourite actor would be "Mukesh yadav and Radha bhardwaj” from the play "TILLU KI DULHANIYA”. It was the first ever play I watched in a theatre. I was mesmerised by the simplicity they portrayed on stage.

A significant Indian production that you may have witnessed…..
"PURAANA CHAWAL” by "D for drama”

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?
Not into batata wada or cutting chai. I love my black coffee & virgin toddy
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