Theatre Speaks

Shivam Sharma
Actor, Writer and Director
[English and Hindi Theatre ]
Which is the last best play you saw?

AKSHAYAMBARA directed by Sharanya Ramprakash, produced by IFA, Bangalore.

Your favourite 'adda' to see a play

Prithvi theatre.

Your favourite playwright

Jennifer Haley.

Your favourite play-character

Helen from Dennis Kelly's ORPHANS.

A play you would like to see filmed. Why?

DJINNS OF EIDGAH by Abhishek Majumdar, so that more people get to hear the story.

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

'God of Small Things' by Arundhati Roy. It's a story that's really close to my heart and I'd love to see the adapted play on stage, a medium I understand better than film.

The most hilarious play you have seen

AAJ RANG HAI by Aarambh theatre.

A play, which is over-hyped


A play character you would like to ''dialogue'' with
Is there any play written about Edward Snowden? Or any other whistle blower? That character then.

A passage from an important play that you can recite.

I have a terrible memory but I can never forget Marc Antony's speech in JULIUS CAESAR.

A classical play that you should have read

ANTIGONE by Sophocles.

A play that changed your perception about the theatre

THE NETHER by Jennifer Haley; FAR AWAY by Caryl Churchill.

How do you regard the Mumbai theatre scene?

Too incestuous, but fun!

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

Cannot remember. That's sad. Theatre should be written about a lot more.

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

Learning how Manav Kaul breaks the writing and plays with the staging, was really insightful while working with him as an actor in his play COLOUR BLIND.

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

FALLS 9/11, played at Thespo a few years ago, was really charming.

Your favourite director/actor/music or set designer

Director: Manav Kaul, Rajat Kapoor.
Actor: Kumud Mishra, Lovleen Mishra.
Music: Shubha Mudgal (STORIES IN A SONG)
Set designer: Vivek Jadhav

A significant Indian production that you may have witnessed

NORMAL directed by Khsuhboo Upadhyay, produced by Now theatre, which played at Thespo many years back.

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?

When I was part of the play COLOUR BLIND, we used to have fantastic food and drinks! Also during SO MANY SOCKS, directed by Quasar Padamsee, we would always go out and have fantastic dinners (Delhi, Dharamshala) whenever we travelled.

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