Act one, scene one

Jan 15, 2013, 10:01 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate

Hone your theatrical skills by attending Pune-based director-playwright Vibhawari Deshpande's four-day workshop

If you are fascinated by the world of theatre and wish to be a part of it, head to a workshop by Vibhawari Deshpande. The workshop includes modules to teach you basic theatrical skills. The four-day workshop is open for aspirants with limited or no theatrical experience at all. And the skills being taught can come in handy even in your day-to-day life.

The workshop will impart voice and speech training, showcase how to use one’s body for maximum effect and training oneself based on emotional memory. The first day focuses on diction and body control on stage. On day two, participants will learn stage alertness and how to sharpen their reflexes. Games will also be conducted to trigger the use of emotional memory and team work.

Theatre workshop

On day three, there is an increase in the level of complexity in the workshop. Participants will get to improvise to refine their performance. On the fourth and final day, participants will present a performance based on the improvisational techniques learnt during the workshop.
“I am expecting a bunch of youngsters who are really interested in acting. I feel that almost 25-30 people will be able to attend it. This will be more than a workshop. The participants will enjoy the event as there will be games as well,” she says.

Deshpande is active in theatre and films. She is a writer and also a vocalist trained in Hindustani Classical music. She was introduced to theatre when she was 14 and trained under Pandit Satyadev Dubey’s able guidance. Deshpande has pioneered the Grips Theatre movement from Germany in the city — a genre dealing with issues faced by children and youth — and is now taking Indian theatre to foreign shores.

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