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Aug 18, 2016

An email interview by 'The Hindu'

An email interview by 'The Hindu' on 16th August,2016
Na.Muthuswamy's Vandichodai play is staged in Egmore Museum Theatre on 28th August, 2016.
Time : 7.30.PM



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"Once upon a Tale"

From the school of the master of avant – garde Na.Muthuswamy, comes an abstract production, Vandichodai. Directed by R.P.Rajanayahem, the play is being staged for the first time since it was written in 1968.
Edited Excerpts from an email interview with the director.
‘Tell us about the experience of working with Na.Muthuswamy.’

“I consider myself fortunate to work in Koothuppattarai and direct Na.Muthuswamy’s play. It is exciting that his son M.Natesh is doing the sets and lighting. The playwright practises good values and ethics. I’m learning a lot from him and developing confidence as a director.”

‘What Kind of theatre appeals to you?’

“Theatre is not a place for just seeing or listening to a performance. Good theatre should create an emotional exchange between the performer and the audience. I’m always fond of experimental plays. Theatre of the absurd appeals to me. “

‘Tell us about your background in Theatre.’

‘’I’m a keen observer of Modern Plays. I enjoy plays such as Becket’s Waiting for Godat, Edward Albee’s ‘Zoo story’ and Lorca’s ‘Play without a title’. I’m an Shakespearean scholar, an actor, a singer and a writer. Vandichodai is the first play I’m directing.’’

‘What advantage, according to you , do abstract productions have over realistic ones?’

“ Theatre ofabsurd has a sense of metaphysical anguish towards the absurdity of the human condition.People should learn to appreciate such productions.”
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