One of the longest theatre festivals in town, Kolkata Youth Theatre Festival, treated the theatre lovers with two back to back plays last Saturday at ICCR. With the goal of celebrating the spirit of youth, two of the most talked about plays in the youth theatre circuit of this season were staged on Saturday.
Waiting Room by Kolkata Romroma
“Plans are invitation to disappointment.”
― Derek Landy
A secluded station’s waiting room, a phone call, little curiosity, eavesdropping and a spark! Far from the scrutiny of society, the magic of that moment allures a man and a woman to interact. He was on his way to an office conference and she was going to Delhi to her sister. The next train to either one of their destinations would have brought an end to their time together.
The bewitching charm of serendipity was too enchanting to allow them to prioritize a life beyond that platform where burdening reality dwells, where the man had a wife to go back to, and she had a prospect of a fresh start after divorce. The irrational side of us, which constantly wants to break free from the shackles of monotonous routine, won the fight easily and together, they embarked on an adventurous journey seeking an unknown destination. Till the end, Kolkata Romroma captivates you with an impeccable presentation of the play Waiting Room – which celebrates the courage of giving in to the spontaneity of a moment and simply risking it.
Chharpatra by 4th Bell Theatres
“Without life’s struggles, we cannot grow into the person that we are meant to become.”
― Auliq Ice
Is there anyone who can claim that they are both physically and mentally in a perfect state of existence? Aren’t there some inborn imperfections in us, always bringing down our self-esteem? Don’t we get hurt when senseless society reverts back with laughter as our imperfections slip out in public? Before we become strong enough to accept and somehow overcome the mental effect of our imperfections, it’s a common struggle we all share.
There was a boy from a middle-class family in Kolkata’s suburbs with a not-so-regular student life. He tried repeatedly to mingle, but his attempts were thwarted off with laughter by his classmates. For his parents, the boy’s stammering problem was an embarrassment they had to live with. Through the boy’s life journey, Charpatra by 4th Bell Theatres told a penetrative tale that ventures into uncomfortable depths to stir memories of our personal battles and reminds us, once again, that no matter what the odds are, you should always hope…
We congratulate Shriek of Silence, the host of the festival, on the successful evening and wish them good luck for the rest of the days. To know more about what else is to come in this month-long celebration of Youth Theatre, please click here.
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