Online shows act as solace for theatre group amid worsening Covid situation

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Online shows act as solace for theatre group amid worsening Covid situation

Entertainment industry has shut down again and the theatre actors are sitting at home

Online shows act as solace for theatre group amid worsening Covid situation

New Delhi: The Pandemic has hit all of us and we have to sit back at home as the cases are increasing day by day. In India, 4,08,323 cases were recorded on April 30. The fatality rate increased and there were 3,464 deaths.

Entertainment industry has shut down again and the theatre actors are sitting at home. But they are utilising this time to practice and work on their weaknesses. CitySpidey talked to the Mumbai-based theatre group, 'Elizabeth Theatre Group'.

Yusuf Ferryman, director of the theatre group shared, “During the lockdown, we are now doing online meetings on google meet. The online sessions include reading, scene study, character study, and finding the tone of lines. So most of the theoretical work is done online now.”

“Now due to this pandemic, theatre has come up with a new idea of online shows which has got a positive response from audiences worldwide. We are also planning for the online staging of our next shows,” he added.

He also shared about last year's lockdown and said, “When we were allowed to rehearse, we used to take all precautionary measures like masks and sanitisers. We allow five actors in a day to rehearse and the next day, we would call the other five actors, so that we can maintain social distance and also not gather during rehearsal.”

Elizabeth Theatre Group was started in 2018 by Yusuf Ferryman. They have done two plays and the first one was ‘Three Questions’ and the second is ‘Mime Show’. Now they are working on ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare.

Currently, they have 18 artists and they are expanding their team. The director shared that the last play 'Three Questions' by Leo Tolstoy got excellent reviews from media websites and audiences. And recently Ferryman also acted in a web series called Hello Mini 2.

Ferryman completed his graduation with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mumbai in Psychology and currently, he is pursuing Masters in English Literature from Annamalai University. He also learned acting from 'Filmit Academy' and he also joined theatre groups like Kalki, Humlog Theatre groups.

He shared, “Till now we have got positive responses for our shows for adaptation of classical works. We are planning to take our next show Hamlet to be presented worldwide. For that online shows would also be released. I have performed at Bhaidas auditorium which is Mumbai's one of the biggest auditoriums.”