Hamlet – The Clown Prince
4TH March, KAMANI AUDITORIUM, 7:30 pm
This play is a search in the world of Hamlet through the eyes of Clowns. The clown has fascinated me for many years and this motif appears again and again in all my work including my film work. It is through the eyes of a clown that I wanted to explore the vast world of Hamlet. The result is a comic way in which the actors have improvised the various parts of the play and yet touched upon the tragedy of the young prince.
A bunch of clowns are putting up a show of Hamlet- they sometimes misinterpret the text, sometimes find new meanings in it, sometimes try and understand it, very often make a mess of it. They chose to use some phrases from the play and mixed it with gibberish. They even edited the text, threw out some important scenes, and made a mess of the order of things as if the pages got mixed up. But through all this, they were simply looking for the essence of Hamlet, and trying to find a context in our own.
Best Director: Rajat Kapoor
Rajat is a graduate from FTII, Pune. He started his theatre career with a Delhi based theatre group Chingari. He is presently a theatre director and also an accomplished film actor and director. 3 times National Award Winner, Rajat is also produces cinema . His latest film Mithya had shades of Hamlet as well.
Best Actor (Male): Atul Kumar
Atul is an actor and director who heads his own theatre company The Company Theatre. Presently Atul is setting up an International Theatre Residency for rigorous training and research in the countryside of Maharashtra.
Best Supporting Actor (Female): Rachel D’souza
Fairly new to theatre, this is Rachel’s first major theatre appearance. Besides acting Rachel is also involved in theatre writing, scenography and is an active member in The Company Theatre.
Best Supporting Actor (Female): Puja Sarup
Puja is a trained theatre actress from Bombay University. She has worked world over with various theatre companies and directors. Puja is constantly searching for opportunities to challenge her own skills and art form by constantly engaging in riyaaz and workshops.
Best Supporting Actor (Male): Neil Bhoopalam
Neil is a known face from Channel V where he performed as a VJ for many years. He started theatre in college and has worked with various different directors over many productions. He is also a film actor now with many new releases due this year.
Best Costume Design: Tanya Ghavri
This is Tanya’s first theatre assignment. She is otherwise a costume designer in Bollywood where she has designed and assisted in costumes for producers like Karan Johar and others.