About 40 plays will be staged in the eight-day festival

The Fifth International Theatre Festival of Kerala (ITFoK- 2013) will begin here on Tuesday. About 40 plays will be staged in the eight-day festival.

On Monday, Cooperation Minister C.N. Balakrishnan inaugurated Black Box Theatre (remodelled Natyagriham) on the premises of the Regional Theatre. Vanajyotsana, an open air theatre, was also opened.

“Solo shows included in the festival will be staged in the Black Box. It will provide an intimate artistic experience,” said Soorya Krishnamoorthy, director of ITFoK and chairman of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi.

“Indigenous art forms such as Mudiyettu and Yakshagana will be staged at Vanajyotsna,” he said.

Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, and P. V. Krishnan Nair, secretary of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi were present at the function to inaugurate the theatres. ‘Palam’ (Bridge), a short play written by Jayaprakash Kuloor, was staged after the function.

List of plays

The staging of ‘Celebrating Abilities’, a dance show by physically challenged artistes, will follow the inaugural function on Tuesday. ‘Hamletmachine’ (La M.ort Theatre, Poland), a postmodernist drama by German playwright and theatre director Heiner Müller that is loosely based on William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, will open the festival.

The other plays from abroad include ‘Lynch Concert’ (Stuart Lynch Company, Denmark); ‘Fellini’s Dream’ (Teatro Potlach, Italy); ‘Petit Cheval Blanc’ (Ces Dac, U.K.); ‘The Last Song’ (Grusomhetens Theatre , Norway); ‘Two of Us’ (Passe Partout Dan Puric Theatre Company, Romania); ‘This is My Body, Come into My Mind’ (Create Act Enjoy, Romania); ‘King Lear’ (Awara Theatre, Uzbekistan); Carmen (Tbilisi Music and Drama State Theatre, Georgia); ‘Automatorium’ (Laitrum and David Berga Management); ‘Macbeth – Who is That Bloodied Man’ (Teatr Biuro Podrozy, Poland), ‘The Knocking Within’ (Anika Dance Theatre, U.S.); ‘The Colonial, the Convict, the Cockatoo’ (Gisborne Players); and ‘Indian Tempest’ (Footsbarn Travelling Theatre).

The Malayalam plays to be staged include ‘Uthuppante Kinar’ (Prakash Kala Kendram, Kollam); ‘Thuppal Matsyam’ (Mukhathala Swaralaya Samskarika Samithy, Kollam); ‘Ozhivu Divasathe Kali’ (Darsana, Kattappana); ‘Vaidehi Parayunnathu’ (Drishti Amateur Nataka Vedi, Kozhikode); ‘Oru Desam Nuna Parayunnathu’ (Yuvajana Kala Samithy, Vallachira); ‘Shuddhikalasam’ (KPAC, Kayamkulam); ‘Andhatha’ (Central Arts Club, Vellur); ‘Akatharo’ (Rangachetana, Thrissur); ‘Mathileri Kanni’ (Aksharakala, Thiruvananthapuram); ‘Yamadoothu’ (Janabheri, Thrissur); and ‘Matsyagandhi’ (Trivi Art Concerns).

The plays from other States include ‘Veerangana’ (Purbaranga, Assam); ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ (Actor’s Ensemble, Bangalore); ‘S*x, M*rality and Cens*rship’ (Arpana, Mumbai); ‘Gajab Kahani’ (Aasaktha Kalamanch, Pune); ‘Kino Kaon’ (Dapon, Assam); ‘Ravanama’ (Vismaya, New Delhi).