This was my first time at the Museum Theatre in Chennai. As a ‘young person’ slowly discovering various aspects of theatre in our country, one of the things that fascinate me the most are old theatres and performing spaces. I’ve had the luck to have performed in Delhi in spaces like Akshara Theatre, Shri Ram Centre & India Habitat Centre, but this close encounter with the Museum Theatre has left me with a renewed gusto for the stage.
It reminded me of why we do what we do; the irresistible charm of theatre. As I consider a career in theatre, it is moments like this that strengthen my conviction to ahead full steam with it. From the detailed light set up to the putting together of the minimal set we used, while breathing through Chennai’s humidity, I felt a familiar excitement. Watching Deepika, Pritham, Nikhil and Medha piece everything together meticulously, right up to the second the doors were opened, was like experiencing magic.
The fact that all this happened in Musuem Theatre, with its old world feel and the beautiful earthy fragrance of the stage with all its history, and intimate feeling despite the large numbers it can seat, made it a full experience. The Hindu Theatre Festival team is a large part of this feel-good memory. Their punctuality, organisation, and hospitality was on point.
Here’s hoping for more such events!