Posts Tagged ‘Play’

Meeting Macbeth.. Repeat show!!

March 22, 2009

Meeting Macbeth, a devised performance, at the premises of Sukrupa, #15, G.R.Layout, Cholanayakanahalli, R.T.Nagar (Near Rajiv Gandhi Dental College), on Monday, the 23rd of March, at seven P.M.
‘Meeting Macbeth’ is a piece created in our recent workshop on physicality, voice, breath, rhythm and movement through Shakespearean text. It is about ‘meeting’ Macbeth – discovering the archetypal Macbeth and Lady Macbeth who lie within us.  The performers explore the connections between Macbeth and their personal lives, and the world they (and indeed all of us) live in, by sharing personal stories inspired by and created in response to the text. It is also an exploration of the interconnections of masculine and feminine energy in the form of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and their interrelationship, as well as looking at the witches and looking for their meaning and significance through acts of ritual, play, movement, song and dance. The performance attempts to look at the human face of Macbeth – at the man behind the mask of  the painted devil, trying to find that human face in the mirror. In so doing, it laments the passing of an inner state of beauty, and its replacement with a world of cynicism where a religion of love is turned into a religion of blood, where unknowing and terror haunt our footsteps. Above all, the performance is a celebration of theatre – of all the rasaas of the Indian tradition, and is thus ultimately an attempt to celebrate Shakespeare through Indian performance aesthetics, and in so doing, celebrate the human self itself.
This performance is being presented in association with Sukrupa, an NGO whose mission is to help underprivileged children escape a background of poverty, slum life, illiteracy and ignorance, replacing these challenges with hope and opportunities available to mainstream children.

Cast: Dayaprasad, Mythili, Neelam, Richa and Vindhya

Entry is by invitation only, and is restricted to thirty people.

Please call 9844014223 or mail

Deccan Herald, !9 March 2009

Deccan Herald, !9 March 2009

In the Presss again!!!!

March 11, 2009
Bangalore Mirror, 11 March 2009. In the Pic: Raghu, Mukesh and Doc (Dayaprasad) in the middle of a session.

Bangalore Mirror, 11 March 2009. In the Pic: Raghu, Mukesh and Doc (Dayaprasad) in the middle of a session.

Publication:Bangalore Mirror; Date:Mar 11, 2009; Section:City; Page Number:11

Bettering lives through theatre Join the Dots organisation does not believe in just producing plays. Helping people from all age groups overcome their fears and imbibe soft skills through theatre is its aim NISHANTH S COONTOOR

Theatre, for most audiences, is a medium through which they might find some entertainment while for an artiste it is a forum to express himself without any hitches. Well, how would it be if there was a role reversal wherein the audience became the artiste who, given the full freedom of expression in this medium, learned to overcome his fears and add to his life skills? Join the Dots, an organisation that regularly conducts theatre workshops, is doing just this. Changing lives, while taking theatre to the people, even those without professional aspirations.

Started by Rahul George in 2004, the group has been imparting soft skills, helping build team spirit and settle any issues that a person might have through theatre. “We conduct theatre workshops for age groups between six and 65 years where we get people from various backgrounds like medicine, engineers, CEOs, housewives, school children and senior citizens. Participants don’t always want to be actors. They just want to explore their creativity and do something with it,” explains Rahul.

“Theatre is such a strong medium, and something that I was always interested in. I have worked in the corporate sector and know the importance of combining vocational skills professionally,” he says.


Join the Dots has been conducting workshops for corporate houses such as Wipro and Infosys among others. Explaining how the group imparts skills that can be absorbed and polished through this medium, Meenakshi, who has been with it since 2005, says, “When we write a play, it is not written keeping a particular person in mind. It happens often that a 20-something has to play the role of a 65-year-old and vice versa. Unlike in traditional plays, we give them full liberty to put up an act of how they perceive a 60 year old, without giving them instructions.” She has taught before, but it’s the uniqueness that interests her. “We do not have any fixed syllabus which is taught to a large group of people. We look at catering to every individual’s need, which is different,” she says. Rahul adds, “Every scene has no dominating person or character. It’s always teamwork that pays. Suppose this scene is performed by a group from the workplace, it only sensitises them to understand this. And it is this sensitising of people that relaxes them, opens them and simply puts across the importance of dealing with people.”

They have also had participants looking for mentoring and counselling, hoping to discover their career paths, looking to resolve conflicts or to simply discover their true selves.

It may not be an easy task, but the response and satisfaction keeps them going. “We have had many participants who developed courage to move on to bigger projects. And yes, there were a few who have even become actors, and have even begun their institutes,” says Meenakshi.

Musten Jiruwala who runs his own software firm Software Techmust, joined this workshop in 2005. “Stage fear was a major hurdle that I overcame during the workshops. Apart from this, I feel I have become more confident and am also a lot more creative,” he says. And he says he can communicate better now. “During a play, an actor has to speak focusing on his audience. I have now applied this to my business where I explain keeping my client in my mind, something that I did not understand earlier.” Musten still goes back very often and is writing plays when not working.


Karthikeyan Ramadas used the training to follow his dreams. “I worked in the ATS industry where it was simply monotonous. I felt that I was creative enough to do something on my own. I joined the workshop because I was interested in writing plays. Acting, I felt, was not my cup of tea because I would stammer a lot. After a lot scripting, I was encouraged to overcome my stammer.” Karthikeyan now acts, and even delivers dialogues with no hesitation. He chucked his old job to begin his own ad agency called Pixelenic with his friend. “Actually, I owe this to Rahul and Meenakshi,” he says. “I was scared and skeptical if I would be able to carry this off. It was their advice and support that gave me the courage.”

Meenakshi says, “We want to do something in the NGO sector. We will be working on projects with children. We want to help them by conducting fun and learning exercises in whatever small way we can.”

DE – FENCE 14 Feb 2009

February 13, 2009

Defence is a story of two feuding neighbours – Manohar’s family is constantly victimised by Ramesh and his son Vinay who indulge in land grabbing. The Saukar of the village tries to make peace between the families and in the bargain, keeps feeding his own greed. Unable to deal with the constant victimization, Manohar’s son Surya decides to take revenge. The play reaches a point where one unfortunate event after another unfolds – murders and feuds take centre stage.

As the story unravels, draw parallels to the world around us.




“Theatre for all”

February 7, 2009

Join the dots presents  an opportunity to explore what it means to be Yourself Creative Un-prompted Relaxed Every workshop is designed to develop traits that will help you Listen attentively Collaborate Be an Actor 5 session evening theatre classes Batch duration – Feb 9th to Feb 13th 2009 Timing: 7.00 – 8.30 pm Registration fee: Rs.1000/- Age group: 10 to 65 years.

You can contact me on +919844014223,


01 Dec. 2008 – WORLD AIDS DAY

December 3, 2008

The Children’s Empowerment and Awareness programme in association with Institute of Clinical Research, Bangalore turned out to be a grand success. The Children performed like pros and the audience enjoyed every moment of it. The staff and students of ICRI were inspired and amazed by the performance. They were cheering them throughout the 20 minute performance. The street march which followed was also well recieved by the public and many of them joined us in the march. Hats off to the determination and efforts of the highly talented children.



Activity: The activities consisted of inauguration of the program at 9:30 am by the Principal of the college. This was followed by talks by Dr. Manjula, Dr. Mohanty and Dr. Dayaprasad G Kulkarni. After this the children first sang the Dannish song which was taught to them by our Dannish Intern Camma. Then the remaining 20 children performed the Play which was very well received and got plenty of applauds. The students of ICRI, around 500 of them took out a street march, making the public aware of various issues and engaging them in dialogues. The staff of the NGO distributed Pamphlets and Condoms along with other educational materials to the general public. There were also a display of posters and models in the campus. Some of the students also had interactions with our counsellors. The children had some snacks post this session and were taken back to the home happily.
Beneficiaries: Students and staff of ICRI, Children of our play home, general public.
No. of participants: Students and staff of ICRI (600), Children of our play home (30), general public (500).
Issues covered: Prevalence and modes of spread of HIV. Current scenario in treatment and management. Actual work done at the NGO, options for the students to involve actively in various programmes.
Achievements: The children gave an amazing performance and were able to identify various hidden talents in them. The staff and students of ICRI were inspired and motivated by the performance and vowed to be more actively involved in such programs in future and also contribute to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. 
Material Distribution: Brochures, posters, pamphlets, stickers, bookmarks, condoms etc.


The Program

The Program


The Group

The Group


The Stars of the Day

The Stars of the Day



The Crowd Applauding the Stars

The Crowd Applauding the Stars



The Street March

The Street March



Street March

Street March




The staff distributing educative materials

The staff distributing educative materials

Special thanks to:

Dr. Mythili R

Karthikeyan Ramadas (Script)

Mukesh Ghatiya

Raghunandan Partha

Sunil Gaekwad

Rahul George

Meenakshi Mehta