Sunil Vishnu K shares the journey of creating the play ‘Tale of a Tall Girl or 27/f/5’11” in the form of a 3 part blog
Part 1: CURTAIN CALL
July 31, 2016 at around 10 ish pm, the Short+Sweet finals have just finished, awards are being announced, we are waiting for the results… a little nervous, a little excited, a little of everything. It had been 60 days since we first started on this play, 45 days of rehearsals, and then this moment of waiting for the results like in a inter school culturals and then the announcement “The Best Production of 2016 goes to.. Tale of a Tall Girl” and there are people shouting and whistling and rest – I can’t remember much.
Apparently Shruti (the playwright)and I walked on to the stage. Joined by our team mates (Mrithula, Abishekh, Shalini, Akshay and Kalesh) we were awarded the trophy by Ms Devanesan. We cheered our guts out.. People clapped and so on..(Thank god for cameras which captured the moment, because for me it was quite a blur). It was a high yes, a moment of celebration, a roller coaster of emotions, curtain call happened and then the next moment it was “Oh my god, its over, is that it? What next?”
And in the next few hours which followed, the night sleep (which I couldn’t get much) and the morning after (which was groggy as hell), I found myself thinking “Yes, we won, yes we got a trophy, yes it is a great feeling, but I feel something else as well”
This feeling.. when your play ends on stage and you are a little, a little lost.
This feeling.. when your show ends that day, and you don’t want the night to end.
This feeling.. when you wake up the next morning you feel lost empty, sad, exhausted, not knowing what to do, you cringe, you feel good(as if its your birthday) and sad (as if you lost some meaning of life) – all at once… all in the same moment and you don’t feel like doing anything!
This feeling I felt years back, when at Sankalp, MICA ( 1999-2001) – me, Karthik and a whole batch of ‘Marketing Communications’ students would go out of the way, create plays and then as the curtain call happened, embrace each other and cry. I used to think it was because, we were going to pass out of college soon, never do a play again together and hence the feeling.
But I was wrong. With every play that I have been part of, from school to college to now, this feeling persists. It doesn’t matter if the play was in college canteen or Prithvi, whether the play got bouquets or brickbats, if there were 8 people to see it or 800, if you won awards or got banned, this feeling remains.
And that’s when I realised.. this is the feeling when you create something for the first time and share it with the world. And its not just me as an artist, it could be your play, a painting, a song, a project report, a ppt, a radio show, a proposal, a contract, a sharing of your innermost thoughts – as long as you are true, it is the most exciting and the most nervous and the most scary and the most brave and also the most humbling feeling in the world, because you expose a part of you to the world and say
“Hi! this is me, sharing a part of my life with you, err.what say u?”
And when that moment ends, however the world reacts, good bad ugly, you feel exhausted and can’t help but saying “Oh my god, its over, is that it? What next?”
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(p.s: Funnily, I may not remember much for the night of 31st July award ceremony, but I do remember every detail of the first show of ‘Tale of a Tall Girl 27/f/5’11” – that gave me more goosebumps !)
The play premiered at the ‘short+sweet’ fest south 2016 and won ‘best production’ award. Written by Shruti Parasuram, directed by Sunil Vishnu K, Production by Syama and Priyanka N Ram, lighting design by Vasanth Subramaniam, photography by Cinthoorika Dinesh, design by Smrithi Amareendran ,SFX by John Pradeep, performed by Mrithula Chetlur, Kalesh Ramanand, Akshay Yesodharan , Shalini Vijayakumar and Abishekh Joseph George
-Sunil Vishnu K