From over a hundred entries in six different languages, eleven playwrights were selected for the training programme. In January 2007, over a 24-day festival, their plays were premiered in Mumbai. With audiences eagerly awaiting the event coupled with major media buzz, we were sold out well in advance. Short performances in the foyer every night – all original writing; weekend workshops for kids; Q & As with the playwrights; daily newsletters on the writers; best audience review awards and staged readings of the Royal Court’s best new plays, all added to our celebration of the craft of playwriting.
“One might argue that writing can hardly be taught and Tendulkar and Shakespeare did not come out of workshops, but Writers’ Bloc is more than an attempt to tutor. It is a celebration of the threatened art of playwriting. It is a pat on the back, a word of encouragement and an opportunity to scream ‘we exist’ – just what the Indian playwright needs.” – Pragya Tiwari, Mumbai Mirror
“The atmosphere at the Writers’ Bloc festival going on at Prithvi reminds one of the early Prithvi festivals, when everybody got together and showed solidarity by watching each other’s work and encouraging new effort. Not since Postcards from Prithvi Festival in 1999, has so much new and such high quality work been seen at the same time. “ – Deepa Gehlot, HT Café