Writer’s Bloc 4 (2016)

From over 200 entries we narrowed down the final selection to fourteen playwrights, eight of whom got produced at the festival. The range of performances and activities was truly exciting. There were plays in four languages (English, Hindi, Marathi and Tamil), with plots set in the outskirts of Delhi, in Parangipettai in Tamil Nadu and in a remote village on the India-Bangladesh border; to the urban settings of Pune and Mumbai. Along with the plays, there were workshops and discussions, which addressed the world of writing for different media; from films to the internet to songs and even writing on theatre itself. Musical evenings prefaced the plays, with short performances from young and emerging singer-songwriters – again throwing the spotlight on the writing of music – rather than generic bands. To round it off and further explore the theme of Playing with Stories, Writers’ Bloc 4 hosted a dozen artists of non-performative work like painters, sculptors, cartoonists, designers and photographers, inviting the audience to engage with the stories behind their work through an audio-driven display.

Reviews

“The event to look forward to early next year is the Writers’ Bloc festival. When the Rage Trio thought of this festival that focussed on the playwright and on creating new work, there used to be this eternal lament about the shortage of fresh plays by Indian writers. Over the years – and a lot of the credit goes to Rage-this problem has been sorted” – The Times of India

“It’s a one-of-a-kind theatre fest that delves deep into a playwright’s script and puts the script at the focal point of the theatre experience.” – DNA

  • Primary Sponsor: JSW & The Bajaj Group
  • In association with: The British Council & the Royal Court Theatre
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