A three-day workshop on stage-craft, which discussed the different aspects of organising a play, was an eye-opener for amateur theatre fans.
Among the topics that were discussed were design and stage-craft, besides make-up accompanied by a practical demonstration, aesthetics of costume designing, relevance of lighting and its execution, significance of music and necessity of voice culture and designing of set and stage properties.
ART OF MAKE-UP: The workshop on `stage-craft.'
Stage-craft plays a prominent role in the successful presentation of any visual art form, not just theatre. As far as Indian amateur theatre is concerned, there are many who do not give importance to the significance of stage-craft as an art and effective mode of communication.
In this backdrop, the three-day workshop on stage-craft that was conducted at Natyagriham of the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademi, Thrissur, from July 1 was a novel attempt at making young theatre aficionados aware of its potential. Rangachetana arranged the workshop in association with Calicut University Little Theatre (CULT) and Calicut University's School of Drama in Thrissur.
Noted theatre expert and technical director of the School of Drama, Kozhikode, Gopinath, was the workshop director and production coordinator. As one of the very few experts on the subject and as a seasoned director, Gopinath handled most of the classes. He was assisted by experts in theatre and music such as Shibu S. Kottaram, Najmul Shahi and Madusoodanan.
Organisation of a play
"Organisation of a play itself is an art to be executed with some basic ethics and utmost care, which many conveniently forget," says Gopinath. Altogether 15 artistes involved in amateur theatre participated in the workshop.
During the workshop various technical aspects of theatre, broadly divided into four categories - set design and property making, make-up, costume designing and lighting, were analysed.
Among the topics that were analysed and discussed were design and stage-craft, besides an introduction to the art of make-up accompanied by a practical demonstration, aesthetics of costume designing, relevance of lighting and its execution, significance of music and necessity of voice culture and designing of set and stage properties.
There was a demonstration of set designing and stage properties also.Although the subjects that were discussed and taught required more time, it was possible for participants to get a bird's eye view of the topics. The attempt was to highlight the constituents of stage-craft and make participants aware of its importance. The theatre fraternity hailed the School of Drama's initiative to conduct this kind of a workshop. "We consider this workshop as a part of the extension programme of the School of Drama. As a follow-up of this endeavour, which is to enlighten theatre enthusiasts about the art of stage-craft, the School of Drama will be conducting a similar training programme with extended sessions ; it is only a beginning," opines Gopinath. On the evening of the final day, students of the School of Drama presented two plays, directed by Jose Chirammal and Shibu S. Kottaram.
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