Quasar Thakore Padamsee is sure that all one needs to be part of Game For Theatre is an open mind, comfortable clothes and the will to have fun. “The workshop is about having fun, using theatre skills. Through exercises used to train the body, voice and imagination we plan to take participants on a wonderful creative journey. We will look at role playing, try to be ‘alive’ in the moment, correct breathing, clarity, body language and a whole lot more,” he adds. Padamsee has worked on critically acclaimed plays including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchants of Bollywood.
The workshop aims at introducing people to acting and performance art. “We hope that once people take a few steps down this road, they will realise that almost anyone can act, after they’ve developed the right skills and are disciplined in their work ethic,” he explains.
The workshop is open to people from all age groups since it’s not meant only for professional actors or new-on-the-block actors. Padamsee reveals that in theatre, artists draw from all people as research for the roles they play. So, he’s quite happy to take the workshop with a diverse group: “Anyone from 16 to 60, and beyond can come for this. Age no bar, sex no bar.” The drama workshop will be six hours with English as the medium of instruction. Only a maximum of 20 people can enroll.
“Theatre is heightened life. We are clearer, more sensitive, more attentive, etc. The tools we use to achieve this can be used in life as well. Clarity of speech, body language, how we make ourselves understood, communication skills, all of these are life skills that remain with us long after a workshop is over,” assures Padamsee.