Short+Sweet Theatre Kolkata
Short+Sweet Theatre festival is a competition of 10 minute plays staged by local artists/theatre groups, amateur and professional alike.The festival is to be held from 1st-9th August 2015 and local Script Writers, Directors, Theatre groups and Actors were invited to register their interest. The submissions are over for the year.
The Directors will be able to select from the shortlisted local scripts & international scripts provided by Short+Sweet. The Directors will cast their plays through common auditions (to be held in May). These plays will be produced on stage during the festival where eminent local theatre personalities and audience members will vote for their favourites. Ten shortlisted finalists will compete in the Gala Finals for various awards.
The festival will be an annual event just the way it runs all over the world.
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1st August /2nd August 2015-Wildcards
1st August 2015, 6 P.M. and 2nd August 2015, 6 P.M.
Venue- Padatik Little theatre II
(6/7 A.J.C.Bose Road,Kolkata)
1)Name of Play: While you were sleeping
Writer: Alex Broun (Sydney)
Director: Devisha Poddar
Cast: Sushobita Kar, Devisha Poddar, Indranil Dasgupta and Iman
Synopsis or directors note: Diya wakes up to her ex-boyfriend, boss's PA and her mother. But Diya did not call them, so who did?? A comedy that will leave you in splits!!
2) Name of Play: State of Mind (Hindi)
Writer: Palash Chaturvedi (Kolkata)
Director: Palash Chaturvedi
Cast: Asgar Ali,Taufeeq Ahmed
Synopsis or directors note: A beggar and an unemployed youth discuss life, violence, education and eventually realize the real meaning of poverty.
3) Name Of Play - Crosswords.
Writer :Varsha Jain (Patna)
Director :Pratigya Ghosh
Cast :Kartikey Tripathi, Apratim Chatterjee, Pallavi Lahiri,Kevin
Synopsis: Things get interesting and dangerous for an average, tired-of-each-other couple who seek entertainment in word games when each discovers the 'magical power' of crosswords!
4) Name of Play: Char Mombattiyan
Writer: Palash Chaturvedi and Aman Jaiswal
Director: Aman Jaiswal
Cast: Nillanjana Bala, Ishika Gaur, Rahul Jaiswal, Rahamat Ali, Asgar Ali,Chirag, Ritam Mondal.
Synopsis or directors note. To believe on someting even if there is no hope or love...and to think that not every person is equal and same thinking in all the casts.
5) Name of Play: Krishna Ki Chetaavani
Writer: Adapted from Ramdhari Singh Dinkar's poetry by Palash Chaturvedi
Director: Milind Mehta
Cast: Parag Chaturvedi, Palash Chaturvedi
Synopsis or directors note: A being, limited to human capacities, with superhuman conviction, here is narrating to her friend about her relentless struggle between fantasy and reality, where the realms of both the field merges, forming a delicately intricate symphony, at times, yet again, at other's a nightmare beyond redemption!
6) Name of Play: Working It Out
Concept: Sumit Roy
Director: Sumit Roy
Music : Divyaman Sahoo, Subhagatha (Rivu) Singha
Lyrics: Ronaan Roy
Cast: Musician 1 : Divyaman Sahoo
Musician 2 : Avril Damani
Synopsis or directors note: The Red Curtain has been doing a lot of Jazz Theatre. In Jazz Theatre, there is no script, as such. But there is a clear beginning, middle and end. This plot depicts the birth of a song.
7) Name of Play-Psychopath
Writer-Pete Malicki (Sydney)
Cast- Pratigya Ghosh
8) Special Performance by Underprivileged Children School
'Ekta' school for Underprivileged children supported by Rotary Club of Salt Lake Metropolitan (RCSLM)
9)Name of Play: Macbeth
Writer: Aniruddha Dasgupta (Adapted from William Shakespeare)
Director: Aniruddha Dasgupta
Cast: Aritra Dutta, Kunal Bhowmik, Jeet Sundar Chackroborty, Riddhibesh Bhattacharya, Kaveri Basu, Aindrilla DuttaChowdhury
Synopsis or director’s note: This is a uniquely animated adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth played in 10 minutes using Svetlana Biba’s techniques. The play is an attempt to blend new age digital, internet and cinematic visual aesthetics in a live dramatic performance. This is done not by the use of mixed media, but human bodies. The play is performed in a rectangular space measuring 6ftX4ft with the actors present in the space throughout the performance. Make-up and costumes are minimalistic. The quaint visual texture created is complemented by an innovative sound design using vocal orchestra only. The play is another one in the collection of 4th Bell Theatre’s ‘practically zero-budget, literally portable’ plays.
7th -8th August 2015 Top 20
7th August 2015, 7 P.M. and 8th August, 7 P.M.
Venue: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), The Rabindranath Tagore Centre.
(9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Elgin, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071)
Group 1: 7th August@ 7 P.M.
1) Name of Play: You & I
Writer: Shuktara Lal
Director: Shuktara Lal
Cast: Nivedita Bhattacharjee, Baisali Chatterjee Dutt
Synopsis or director's note: There are several plays that have focused on the myriad forms of human relationships -- familial, romantic, professional, male friendships. But what about a play about two female friends? Given the dearth of plays in this area, I thought I would take the plunge.
2) Name of Play: Mukhota
Writer: Sundeep Binjola
Director: Sundeep Binjola
Cast: Sanat Ray
Synopsis or directors note. "Mukhota' is a story of a person who pretends to be genuine, but when he encounters his inner-self, he discovers that his gen-unity is just a pretension.
3) Name of Play : "How to Drink a coffee"
Writer : Bala Kumaran (Chennai)
Director : Kartikey Tripathi
Cast Members : Palak Shah, Sushobhita Kar, Kartikey Tripathi & Milind Mehta.
Synopsis or Directors POV : Coffee is something everyone loves to drink now a days. Whether you are on a Date, as Refreshment, on Death, during Exams- in every stage of life, coffee is constant. Take it.. taunt, farce or comedy but we still need to know “How to drink a coffee.”
4) Name of Play – #Love
Written and directed by –Naireet Basak
Cast: Syamantak Hazra, Madhurima Goswami, Kavita Gupta, Bibek Dey, Isheeta Chakravarty, Divya Bihani
5)Name of Play: HAVE MERCY, O WINGED CHARIOT!
Writer: Renu Roy (Calcutta)
Director: Ashoke Viswanathan
Cast: Renu Roy (Indira Sen)
6) Name of Play: “A good deed for Mr. Stinky”
Writer: Judith Anne Duncan (Sydney)
Director: Indudipa Sinha
Cast: Indudipa Sinha, Krishnendu Adhikari, Anindita Santra
Synopsis or directors note: What is invisibility? What is connection? Is there any life after death? What is freedom after death?.... a journey of discovery through the lens of a strange relationship…
7) Whose daughter is she anyway
Directed by –Jayant Kripalani
Cast-Nivedita Bhttacharjee, Gulan Kriplani, Shreyashi Mukherjee, Rana Basu Thakur, Sharad Ghai, Meet Tyagi, Sumit Lai Roy
8) Name of Play: Captain Everything
Writer :Pete Malicki (Sydney)
Director: Kabir Mansata
Cast: Dhruv Mukherji
Synopsis: Sometimes the world you create in your head is way more fun that the real world.
9) Name of Play: Shaishav -A confined Desire
Written and Directed by Sukamal Maitra
Theatre Group: Shilpobhumi
Synopsis: A voice against child labour.
10) Name of Play: Day and Night
Writer: Ashoke Viswanathan
Director: Keshav Roy
Theatre Group: Spandan
Cast: Ashoke Viswanathan
Synopsis or directors note: This is a dramatic monologue delivered by a person suffering from a nervous disorder bordering on the schizophrenic but what he says is a strange kind of political commentary that reflects the troubled times that we are passing through.
11) Name of Play: Perfect Stillness
Writer: Jane Miller (Sydney)
Director: Rajat Ganguly
Any other crew member you would like acknowledged in the programme – Romit Ganguly as Set & Light Designer.
Cast: Aritra Dutta, Dipanwita Chatterjee, Romit Ganguly.
Top 20 (Group 2) -8th Aug 2015@ 7pm@ ICCR
1)Name of Play: Everything & Nothing
Written and Directed by Debosmita Roy Chowdhury
Cast: Debosmita Roy Chowdhury, Anindita Santra
Synopsis or directors note : In my play I m describing a Woman who is dealing with self contradictions and trying to find the real entity of herself struggling between THE EVERYTHING & NOTHING within her.
2)Name of the Play: Tagged
Writer: Russell Bell (Dubai)
Director : Vijaylaxmi Kothari
Cast : Pratigya Ghosh, Palash Chaturvedi, Milind Mehta
Synopsis: Today all our lives are at display on social media. This play is a humorous take by Russell Bell about the inconvenience that comes along with too much display of our personal lives and whereabouts on Facebook.
3) Name of Play: Mohabbaton se anjaan
Writer: Sumit Binjola
Director: Sumit Binjola
Name of Theatre Company (if any): Presented by Binjola Films
Cast: Ananya Deb (Paayal), Taufeek Ahmed (Meeth), Sumit Binjola (Pyar)
Synopsis or directors note. This is a short play based on the circle of love which people follow or call falling in love, starts with lots of hope but ends in despair, because hate comes with love too. This circle is ever repeated in the form of so called love.
4) Name of Play: One Two Three
Writer: Divya Mangwani
Director: Krishnendu Adhikari
Cast:Amrusha Palchowdhury,Dana Lai Roy, Indudipa Sinha
Synopsis or directors note: Inconvenience…. norm….necessity… mandatory monogamy… financial security… social structure……..Various outlooks into the multi-faceted institution called MARRIAGE…Different views from different individuals searching the special person ....Are you the one?
5)Name of Play: MARK-SHEET-ISM
Writer: Biswajit Das
Director: Biswajit Das
Name of Theatre Company (if any): Howrah Jonaki
Cast: Ananya Bose(Student), Ankush Das(Student),Arunava Guha(Student), Nabamita(Student)Madhumita Sengupta(Teacher), Modhurima Goswami(Student), Pratap Kumar Mondal(Student), Saikat Sarkar(Student), Shreyan Dutta(Student), Supriyo Mitra(Student), Suvankar Mitra (Teacher)
Synopsis or directors note: Story of a failure
6) Name of Play: WILLING SUSPENSION
Written and Directed: Abhijit Baruah
Cast: Abhijit Baruah (father)Abhimantu Baruah ( SON ) / Wife( TBA )
Synopsis or directors note: It’s a story about relationship between father and a rebel teen age son….with a twist.
7) Name of Play: EARTH AND THE MAN
Writer: A Theatrical Adaptation by Renu Roy from an essay by G. Carlin
Director: Renu Roy
Light & Sound by Jayanta Roychowdhury
Name of Theatre Company: SPANDAN
Cast: Keshav Roy
8) Name of Play: Because the World needs Unicorns
Writer: Cerise de Gelder
Director: Vaivaswat 'Meet' Tyagi
Cast: Noah - Syamantak Hazra, Unicorn - Kabir Mansata Dragon - Sumit Lai Roy, Unicorn - Kabir Mansata
Synopsis: We need some amount of myth, magic and mysticism in our lives but they often get stuck behind red tape as we struggle to survive and we end up leaving no space for such things as we move on. Cerise de Gelder uses the analogy of a Unicorn in the allegorical setting of Noah and his Ark to artfully demonstrate this gross injustice.
9)Name of Play: The Mirror
Writer: VARSHA SHETH
Director: TRIGUNA SHANKAR
Cast i) MIRROR – DOYEL ROYNANDI. ii) VIDYA – KOYEL ROYNANDI, iii) TRISHA – SHARBANI SAHA
Synopsis + Director’s Note: Sometimes we can’t express our feelings to anyone, not even to the dearest tour selves. Here is a girl facing herself on her marriage day.
10)Name of the Play: BAAT KUCHH DIL KI
Cast:I) Madhurima Goswami as Rima, Debesh Sarkar as Himself
Synopsis / Director’s Note: This is a monologue. Its actually ‘baat kuchh dil ki’, that every one has. This play is just to make people conscious about themselves
11) Name of Play: Afterwards
Writer: Alex Broun
Director: Syamantak Hazra
Any other crew member you would like acknowledged in the programme – Co-director Rumela Chandra
Cast: Ankita Dasgupta, Divya Thapliyal, Rumela Chandra, Saswati Sinha, Stuti Bathiyal.
Synopsis or directors note: Afterwards is a play, taken from the real life accounts of survivors of sexual abuse. The two fold trauma of the abuse and then the self-loath “afterwards”, along with the healing powers of sharing are explored.
9th August 2015 Gala Finals
GALA FINAL-9TH AUGUST
at Rabindranath Tagore Centre,
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)
PREVIEW SHOW-3 P.M.
BEST TEN PLAYS FROM THE 3 GROUPS ABOVE GET SHORTLISTED TO PERFORM IN THE GALA FINAL AT 3 P.M.AND 7 PM FOLLOWED BY AWARDS CEREMONY.
FINAL RESULTS ARE OUT!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL !
BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION JUDGES' CHOICE : SHAISHAV-A CONFINED DESIRE
RUNNER UP (tie between): EARTH AND THE MAN /CAPTAIN EVERYTHING
BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION PEOPLES'CHOICE: CAPTAIN EVERYTHING
RUNNER UP: HAVE MERCY O WINGED CHARIOT!
BEST ACTOR: DHRUV MUKHERJEE (CAPTAIN EVERYTHING)
RUNNER UP: KESHAV ROY(EARTH AND THE MAN)
BEST ACTRESS: DRISHTI MONDAL (SHAISHAV-A CONFINED DESIRE)
RUNNER UP: RENU ROY( HAVE MERCY O WINGED CHARIOT)
BEST DIRECTOR: SUKAMAL MAITRA (SHAISHAV- A CONFINED DESIRE)
RUNNER UP: ANIRUDDHA DASGUPTA (MACBETH)
BEST SCRIPT: SUKAMAL MAITRA(SHAISHAV-A CONFINED DESIRE)
RUNNER UP: RENU ROY(HAVE MERCY O WINGED CHARIOT!)