Mumbai Local: Breaking Boundaries - Working Outside Comfort Zones
But, what happens when theatre leaves the stage and travels to the villages? Is it a response to a changing social scenario? What if a theatre group consisted of kisaans, mazdoors and activists instead of theatrewallahs? Could theatre be a way to give a voice to the voiceless?
We are delighted to invite Atul Pethe acclaimed actor, writer and director to Mumbai Local. For Atul, his life in theatre is quite clearly segregated into two distinct phases. While he spent his first 15 years performing experimental work on proscenium stages, the latter part of his theatre journey was a clear response to the changing ethos of the 90s. It was at that time that Atul began to perceive theatre as a powerful medium for change. Taking his theatre on-ground, into villages, addressing their issues and connecting with socio-political, he set forth to see what a theatre person could do in these radically changing times.
Atul has no theatre group of his own. And yet, he has single-handedly created a parallel theatre practice in Maharashtra. His theatre is run by the people people from different communities, people who want to speak out, people who want to be heard. Such vibrant, evocative theatre is always a treasure trove of stories. And that is exactly what Atul will share at this Mumbai Local session. He will let us in on how he responds to change and why his theatre responds the way it does. We will get a truly special glimpse of how he creates these kinds of performances the thought, the research and the logistics that go into it. Most of all, we will begin to understand the immense social significance of theatre and the power it has to change perspectives and impact lives.
Join us on this fascinating journey from the stage into reality.