We chat up theatre artist and TV actor Swanand Barve, whose play Adhure has been selected for the 8th Theatre Olympics — National School of Drama. The play will also be staged in the city on Friday evening
Adhure deals with the intricacies of life. We are in the midst of a tremendous rush, dreaming of and chasing happiness. Each one of us is carrying broken pieces of our life, which make us restless, confused and incomplete. I think this feeling is the germ of Adhure,” says Swanand Barve, writer and director of the play.
The Marathi play, which has been selected for the 8th Theatre Olympics — National School of Drama (2018), depicts the story of two characters and their struggle to keep the charm in their bond alive. Actors Kshitish Date, who is playing the role of Lord Krishna in Zee Yuva’s Devashappath, and Anuradha Athalekar are playing lead parts in the play. “It is a story which unfolds in one night. The characters, on a roller coaster ride of memories, experiences and perceptions of life and slowly unwrapping their core selves with all insecurities, grief and questions, reveal some deeper shades of human existence in their encounter,” explains Barve. Adhure, a production of Shabdmegh theatre group, will also be staged in the city on January 26 at Sudarshan Rangmanch.
When asked how this feat (selection in 8th Theatre Olympics) will impact the play and theatre scene in Pune, Barve replies that the theatre festival is an important event. “We are going to perform Adhure on March 14, at NSD. Every year, eminent theatre personalities and drama critics from all over the country attend this festival. So we are planning to do a rigorous rehearsal. Also, I think these festivals are a big get-together. They give us an opportunity to share our ideas with other participants as well as help us to rethink our views about theatre,” he informs.
Two other plays from the city — Maharashtra Cultural Centre’s Y and Dhyaas Pune’s The Last Layer will also be a part of this festival.
Talking about the flow of the story and the challenge of directing a two-actor play, Barve says, “I didn’t experience any difficulty while writing dialogues for this play despite it having only two characters. While drafting Adhure, I was attentive towards the pace and flow of the scenes.”
The director, who dabbles in theatre and television, believes that despite both being visual mediums, they are completely opposite forms. “There is a lot of involvement of human element in theatre as it is a live performance,” he adds.
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Marathi play Adhure will be staged at Sudarshan Rangmanch, Shaniwar Peth on January 26, 7.30 pm