Thursday, February 09, 2006

British artistes enact Shakespeare's play in Jaipur

By Lokendra Singh, Jaipur

The characters of William Shakespeare's world famous play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, came alive recently in Jaipur when a group of British theatre artistes performed the play before an Indian audience here.

Led by Jarka Heller, the Play director and about ten young art students from United Kingdom performed the comedy before the audience at Jawahar Kala Kendra this Sunday.

The play, intended for the Indian audience was performed by the actors. Efforts are being made to bring together trained Indian actors and their British counterparts to work together.

“We would love to do this next year and years after. And hopefully get Indian trained actors to be able to work together with the actors from England. So, they could share their experience and learn from each other really,” said Heller.

The performance left the audience, mainly comprising students, enthralled with the authority with which the play was enacted by British artistes.

“It was a different experience. It was something different that we saw. We learnt a lot from this play. It was nice and I enjoyed it,” said Shibani, a young girl.

The magnanimity of the response that the British artists received left them astonished.

“It's been an incredible experience to come here and perform in front of an Indian audience. The response was absolutely fantastic. We could not even imagine anything like this and it's really an amazing experience. They are so enthusiastic. They are so much into the play, so supportive,” said John Morrissey, an actor.

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