In April 2004, Writers’ Bloc, India’s first festival of new writing took place in Mumbai. Over 18 days, nine new plays were premiered. Short pre-show performances; newsletters on our playwright’s process; workshops on different aspects of writing; and for the first time in India an exhibition on Indian playwriting in English, added to the festival buzz. A new, exciting and innovative festival was born.
“Wind up your whining. Don’t even think of giving us another Shakespeare play set in a Sewri slum. Burn your bedroom farces. And grow up. Writers have. The audience has. It’s time you people who put on the plays did too. Writer’s Bloc has over a week to run. Go see it. If you can get in. These plays are getting an audience. The kind that laughs and claps and cries and turns off its mobile phone. Original writing on the Mumbai stage. What a concept.” – Sunday Mid-day
“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. “ – The Times Of India