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Thursday, 21st April 2011

I am starting my own theatre group, and want actors to join me. This will be a group performing plays in English. I have a script which I will write the screenplay for. I will start writing the screenplay on Sunday, 15th May 2011 and will be done by the 1st of June 2011.

The auditions begin on 16th May 2011, and we start our first production on 1st June 2011. We rehearse over the weekends, because we may have full-time jobs already, and we give our first live performance in the first week of July 2011 in theatres in Delhi.





I haven't found a place yet that we can rent out to practice, but I'm still looking. I have had a few emails from some of you who wish to join the group. And that's great. Thank you. I look forward to meeting you. It will happen. It's just a matter of some time. If you already know of a place that's available for free, and it could be your basement, drop me a line.

For now, I think I'll move the auditions to 1st September 2011. I'll write the screenplay in August 2011. But let's be in touch. I should be able to find a place, and make other production related arrangements by then.

You'll need to have good English speaking skills with a clear diction. You'll also need to be able to act. If you do not have experience, it doesn't matter. Experience is an overrated word. It's practice that counts. Acting is fun, but its also hard work. Like any other discipline, acting is common sense, observation, memorization, imitation, and practice.





When and where will we be practicing?
We'll be meeting up and practicing in some place in Noida. This will be a weekend group. So, you may keep your jobs and devote time only over the weekends.

Do I have to pay you anything?
Hell, no! You might actually end up earning some money.

Really? Like, how much?
I said you might. Theatre acting provides with little income, or none at times. We do it for the joy of it, for the soul to find expression and revolt against the monotony of a mundane existence.

Whatever money we get from live performances, after paying of the costs of props and production costs, we'll divide the profits equally. So, if there is a net collection of Rs.80,000 after meeting the costs, and there are 10 of us, each of us will take home Rs.8,000 for the performance.


How do I join?
For now, if you are inspired to act, just get in touch. And then keep watching this page because I'll be publishing more details soon.

Why are you doing this, Sathyaish?
Because when I look around for an opportunity and I don't find it, I create one. Starting January this year, i.e. 2011, one of my goals was to join a theatre group this year. I looked around and even went to some groups this year. I even joined one for some time. I didn't find any to my liking, to be honest. Most were in Hindi, some of them that were in Hindi and had really good actors, didn't have the discipline I was looking for. Some of them did plays on themes I did not relate to personally.

I was looking for a group that did English plays. I found three such groups. One is in Mumbai, and this guy is just brilliant, and so is his entire group. If I was in Mumbai, I would have joined this group for no promise of any income at all, before you could drop a hat. This group is absolutely brilliant. The second group is Abhishek Majumdar's group and is in Bangalore. I forget the name of the group, though. Gosh! Equally brilliant. And the third in Delhi is Neel Choudhari's group called Tad Pole Theatre, which I unfortunately can't find an Internet link to. This guy is awesome. I haven't seen any of his work but I can't stop hearing about him. Everyone I meet with tells me about his group. I contacted Neel's group in Delhi but they're already busy with a production and Neel said it'll be some time before I could join them for a workshop.

So, I thought, heck, why not start my own? I am a goal achiever, and if I want something, and if it's not happening, I'll just do it.

How now brown cow? I mean what next?
Keep watching this page. I'll publish more information about how to join soon.