Bangalore Theatre comes together to celebrate World Theatre Day with The Great Galata on March 27.
The Great Galata is a curated theatre event to celebrate theatre, theatre people, theatre spaces and theatre performances.
It has been envisioned as a start-to- finish theatre Project.
The Great Galata, besides making a big noise, will also create ten new plays for this project.
Playwrights will write new plays with a common idea in 24 hours.
Directors will put together a play from the written plays in 24 hours.
Actors will perform in the next 24 hours.
Plays, actors, rehearsal spaces and order of performance will be allotted to directors by drawing lots.
The main challenge is that the teams will be drawn through lots.
No one knows who their team mates are till the lots are drawn.
The Great Galata aims to bring together as many theatre people as possible.
This is possibly the first time that Kannada, Hindi and English plays are being written, directed, rehearsed and performed at the same time and place.
The idea is to be together and enjoy the process of creation together.
And to see whether it is possible to put up a professional play starting from scratch in 72 hours with professional playwrights, directors and actors.
The Great Galata is not a competition nor is it an amateur contest.
All the participants of the festival are professionals of the highest calibre.
They are celebrated writers, directors and actors with years of experience coming together to celebrate theatre and togetherness.
The one-day festival aims to bring theatre people together not pit them against each other.
The Great Galata marks the coming together of as many theatre people as possible on stage.
In the coming years, they hope to increase the scope of the festival to include many more practitioners of theatre.
This theatre festival brings together some of the biggest names in Bangalore Theatre.
There will also be a representative from Chennai, from a group that performs extensively in Bangalore, besides a director and dramaturge from Germany with a very strong Bangalore connect as participants in the festival