It’s been some time since I discovered this theatre group with young actors and directors. I love watching plays and each time I do watch one, I believe I connect to the world of art and theatre a little more. What Dreamstage got to me was a breath of fresh air. Young actors, young directors with a vision, they may not be the “It” of theatre world yet, but definitely getting there. The first ever performance I watched was a series of dramatic reading by these actors and while some performances were average, some were par excellence.
‘Taboo Talks’, is their most recent concept. Ever since I heard about the topic and the ideas, I have been very interested. It’s not everyday, you hear about actors performing on such forbidden theme in the society. The stigma around these topics is greater than the act itself. I had even talked about the concept a few week back in one of my blogposts. ‘Taboo talks’ has been staged a few times and has received mixed responses. Some loved it, some didn’t! But then I couldn’t form an opinion till I actually experienced it, could I?
So as soon as I was back from my travel, I booked my tickets to this controversial performance. ‘Taboo Talks’ is a series of monologues performed by actors from Dreamstage and covers topics like ‘unwed mother’, ‘mentality of a rapist’, ‘ a bisexual’, ‘an adult porn star’ and monologue about ‘breaking silence’.
Was the monologue as bold as promised? Were the acts laden with panache? Did I come out smitten or bored? I have to say I witnessed some sharp and brilliant writing by Baljeet, Rehan, Ajinkya and Sudeep. Each actor, had his or her moments and knew exactly what they’re supposed to be doing. While Radhika,as a single mother put across a sensitive yet broad outlook, Suraj’s ellicitations of his side of the coin as a bisexual man touched my heart. Anurag, as a rapist at times almost looked like a victim and it was his brilliant expressions which at times irked me enough to want to leave the room. But I have to hand over the hat to Aditi, who uninhibited performed the monologue of an adult porn star. She looked comfortable in the character and even though I am prejudiced individual, she convinced me with her logic. Akash, as a young face of a political party, was witty and funny. He came as a relief after some serious performances. Overall, I think Dreamstage has come a long way from where they started. Looking forward to their next endeavour. Oh yes, ‘Taboo Talks’ is not for the faint hearted :)!!
**This is not a paid review**