I am involved in my very first theatrical play called “Club 7” currently, after I completed my theater/acting workshop at Mandala Theater Nepal, one of the most prestigious and genuine theater school in Nepal. The play is directed by Dayahang Rai, one of the leading actors in Nepal, and Rajan Khatiwada, a leading theater artist.
About the Play
Club 7 is an absurdist play with the satirical gist to it. It is based on contemporary city lifestyle and mainly highlights the everyday issues of city dwellers.
There are 3 different stories, all of which take place in the same party banquet hall, a posh banquet attracting the bests of the town located in the center of Kathmandu city.
Although absurd in nature, the theme accurately portrays people’s need for materialistic pleasure, social prestige and public recognition at any cost whatsoever; while highlighting their everyday crisis of identity, recreation and money, all in one place.
The banquet hall is specifically chosen as play’s backdrop mainly because it is the most happening place in the city lately where people from each social and economic background assimilate to enjoy certain occasion or to find their place in the social hierarchy.
Prior to the theatrical play, I was involved in the 3 months Acting workshop with Mandala Theater Nepal. The workshop primarily focused on intensive theater and acting. Here, I had an utmost experience of exploring my artistic side. There were lots of of elements of theater to cover at a shorter time, hence, the classes were completed in a rush. However, the overall process was effective and to the point.
The voice/speech, improvisational acting, text/reading, physical exercises/dance, playback theater, stage and presence were the major theatrical courses covered. Theater Acrobatics, Storytelling, Mime, aesthetics, observation and others subjects were introduced as well.
The classes were conducted by the experts in the field; Rajan Khatiwada, Somnath Khanal, Rajkumar Pudasaini, Bikash Joshi, Bijay Baral, Namrata KC, Dayahang Rai, RK Mehta, Renuka Karki, Jack Guru, Pradeep Choudhary, Juliya and Najir Hussain.