A ‘Script Lab’ at the Serendipity Arts Festival to help you tame those words
~ The four-day scriptwriting residency workshop by Lillete Dubey and cto be held in Goa from 16th to 19th December ~
National, 10th November, 2016: The first edition of Serendipity Arts Festival, a multi-disciplinary arts festival in Goa from the 16th-23rd December 2016, will present a series of interesting learning and education workshops to help initiate art lovers into a whole new world of technique and creativity.
One such initiative will be led by renowned playwright, theatre actor and director Mahesh Dattani and popular Bollywood actor, director and theatre artist Lillete Dubey who are joining hands to present the ‘Script Lab’.
An education initiative by the Serendipity Arts Trust, a Munjal initiative for the promotion of creativity and imagination in arts and culture, Script Lab is a four-day residency workshop that will be held during the first four days of the Festival – from 16th to 19th December. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce playwriting, tap talent, assist with character development, constructive feedback and also to help writers turn a critical eye on their own works.
Mahesh Dattani, the first playwright in English to be awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, born in Bangalore and well known for writing plays as Dance Like a Man, Bravely Fought the Queen, On a Muggy Night in Mumbai and Final Solutions, will lend his expertise on all aspects of storytelling during the residency programme. The workshop will focus on screenplay structure, character development, dialogue, theme, visualisation and dramaturgy.
The intensive four-day residency programme will include two days of instruction, one day of mentorship and will conclude with dramatised readings of the plays in an outdoor setting at the Festival.
Talking about the project and his experience working with Lillete, Mahesh Dattani said, “In the world of Indian theatre, there exists a major lacuna of scriptwriters and quality writers’ which needs to be addressed immediately. Keeping this thought at the forefront, Lillete and I felt that it was imperative to include this in a hands on yet fun format at the Serendipity Arts Festival, which is how the residency workshop was conceptualized. The four-day workshop in December will include devising, structure, scene-design and dialogue-writing as part of the training, and would be ideal for anyone who wants to take up scriptwriting professionally.”
The registration fee for the four-day workshop is INR 10,000/- which will include boarding, all meals, mentorship and materials required for the programme. The 15 participants who were shortlisted in October will be put up at a lovely home-stay to encourage focused and personal interactions during the course of the residency programme. The process of creating the script will begin in November with guidelines from Mahesh Dattani sent to participants at regular intervals over the course of 6-8 weeks.
Talking about the project and her role as a curator, Lillete Dubey said, “I am delighted to be a part of the Serendipity Arts Festival, as one of the fourteen curators, the first major arts festival of its kind in India, that opens in Goa this December. For me being a part of this Festival is extremely exciting and exhilarating. To be able to put aside my role as a director, producer and actor and don the hat of a curator, with the freedom to explore and platform new genres, styles and forms of contemporary theatre from India and across the world. As a concept, Script Lab is extremely close to my heart as it addresses a huge lacuna in India theatre today. The huge lack of original plays and playwrights.”
Speaking about working with Mahesh Dattani, Lillete added, “Mahesh and I have worked together on several original plays for two decades and I’m keenly looking forward to seeing the results of the residency programme for budding writers, that he will be conducting during the Festival.”
Serendipity Arts Festival will be the first of its kind, multi-disciplinary arts event that will celebrate the diversity in art with a special focus on music, dance, theatre, crafts, visual arts, culinary arts and photography. This festival will be the first edition in a long-term cultural project that hopes to affect positive change in the arts in India on a large scale. The selection of curators, the festival structure, and the programming itself all represent a sincere effort to address the creative needs, aspirations and potential of contemporary India.
The incredibly diverse culture and rich history of Goa will provide the perfect backdrop for the grandest art affair of the year. Audiences will get a chance to engage with the arts in beautiful, carefully designed and often, unconventional, settings. The event is expected to attract artists, performers, writers, journalists, academics, collectors, enthusiasts and others engaged with the arts community, both within and outside the country to the sunny state of Goa for the cause of art.
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