The Play & Director’s Note

This play has a storyline that could have been based on tomorrow morning’s newspaper headlines. Using the wonderful theatrical device of three actors playing the central character of Kartik, we are able to enter his fractured world. We simultaneously see him as he was before the accident that changed his life; we also see him as he is immediately after the accident, recovering in hospital, at home and in school; as well as when he is an adult. The play brings together the present, past and future in a seamless whole. It has been a fascinating journey with the actors and my own team. We have interviewed teenagers, their parents and teachers; watched their interactions in school, home and on the metro; created improvisations; spent hours mastering the intricate choreography; enjoyed the shopping for clothes that capture today’s Delhi; and worked hard at creating over 36 characters, played by just 14 actors!


The Director

Educationist, theatre director and activist, Feisal Alkazi lives and works in New Delhi. Over the past forty years he has carved his own niche with his group, Ruchika. He has directed over 200 plays with adults in Hindi, English and Urdu. Most recently, two plays, Noor and A Quiet Desire, written by him have been produced. In addition, he has directed over 100 productions for schools all over India. Ruchika also runs a training program in theatre for children since 1997. Feisal has written 24 books as well and is a counsellor with Sanjivani. In the field of disability, he has directed 30 films and produced several plays.


The Group

The Theatre-in-Education Company (Sanskaar Rang Toli) of the National School of Drama was established on October 16, 1989, and is one of the important educational resource centres in the country. The TIE Co. consists of a group of actor-teachers working-with and performing-for children.  The major focus of the company is to perform creative, curriculum based, and participatory plays in school, designed and prepared specially for children of different age groups. The company holds a one month long intensive Summer Theatre Workshop for Children organized in May-June every year. TIE Co. has participated in many international theatre festivals and symposia in countries including Poland, China, Philippines and Japan. Jashn-e-Bachpan and Bal Sangam are biannual festivals organised by the company where it invites plays by and for the children from different parts of the country.  

Cast & Credits

Sutradhar Kartik                                       Manoj Kumar

Old Kartik, Gym Teacher, Shashank        Manish Saini

New Kartik                                                Mridul Anand

Mummy                                                    Aparna Kapoor

Papa, Changezi, Bhaiji                            Mahesh Kumar

Raghav                                                    Manoj Sharma

Himanshu, New Dancer                          Tasabber Ali

Nancy                                                      Jyoti Bala

Doctor Fatima, Rubina, Announcer        Jyotsana

Inspector, Nurse1                                    Nidhi S Sasthri

Anshika, Nurse2, Vicky                           Soumita Kundu

Anthony, Shiny                                        Piyush Verma

Drug Peddler, Teacher                            Kaleem Zafar

All Street Voices & Dancers                    Jyotsana , Aparna Kapoor, Soumita Kundu, Piyush Verma,                                                                                            Mahesh Kumar, Manoj Sharma, Nidhi S Sasthri


Choreographer                                        Vishwa Kant Singha

Assisted by                                             Sandeep Kashyap

Costume Design                                     Shaik Sheeba   Assisted by Jyotsana

Set, Poster & Brochure Design               Jagan Shah  Assisted by Kamal Kumar

Light Design                                            Mona Chawla  Assisted by Joginder Singh, Dhirender Kumar

Light Design                                           Mona Chawla   Assisted by Joginder Singh, Dhirender Kumar

Music Operation                                     Sheel/Vikram Jeet Singh

Stage Manager & Property                    Nidhi S. Sasthri

Tailor                                                      Saroj Silswal, Akhtar Ali

Sound                                                    S. Manoharn, Pratap Singh, Subhanjan

Photography & Videography                 Deepak Kumar

Assistant TIE                                         Co. B.S Rawat

Administration Staff                               Pirat Singh Negi, Darmiyan Singh, Shailender Kumar,

                                                               Neha Bhatt

Attendant                                               Md. Rashid, Pawan Kumar

Chief of TIE Co.                                   Abdul Latif Khatana

Asst. Director Mona Chawla

Translation & Adaptation                   Kiran Deep Sharma

Design & Direction                             Feisal Alkazi

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