Sadhana, a law student and a volunteer at many organisations, likes Korea and Korean people a tad bit more than anybody. Here she is talking about her experiences with evam Live shows.
I joined evam as a volunteer in 2015; a timid 18 year old with no experience in theatre or event management. My first assignment was The Hindu Theatre Fest, and I still remember the excitement I felt when I received my green Theatre Fest t-shirt and tag. I was a part of the “In-Venue team”, and Pavi and Thoorika spearheaded all the operations that year. They patiently instructed us on our duties, taught us how to handle “difficult” audiences and prepared us to handle the emergency situations proactively. One of my favourite parts of the drill is “the huddle”. To be honest, at first I despised doing the huddle. The huddle is basically where the entire team forms a circle by linking hands, and the head of operations asks us to think of a happy moment and spread the positive energy around the group. Seems simple enough, right? So why do you think I despised it? …..Simple as it may sound, it is not all that easy to conjure a happy thought. I dreaded the huddle for the entire duration of my first Theatre Fest. But on the last day, we had a pizza party before the huddle, and when Pavi asked us to think of a happy moment, it hit me. The Theatre Fest was my happy thought. The plays I got to watch, the friends I made, the rapport I shared with the rest of the team: these were the things that made me happy.
After the Theatre Fest ended, Thoorika invited me to join Team evam, and I gladly accepted. I later learnt that there are several departments in evam, and I was to be a part of the Live Team which mainly handles EST shows (Stand up comedy shows). Attending stand-up shows is one of the best stress busters ever. My favourite stand-up shows till date are Second Decoction and Alex in Wonderland.
Working with evam has helped me develop my interpersonal skills greatly. I went from being a taciturn person to an outgoing person who can put newcomers at ease. Although I’ve worked in various capacities, my favourite duty is “Tech”. When I handle Tech, I play house music before the show, and get to watch from the best seats in the house. Sitting in front of the audio console makes me feel cool. Heh. Being a K-Pop fan, I often arrive early at the venue just to play K-Pop songs on big speakers. My favourite venue is the Museum Theatre. I watched my first play there. The theatre looks surreal at night, bathed the soft glow of golden lights; it transports you right back to the 19th century when it was built.
Since the shows are usually held in different venues across Chennai, I got to learn a lot of routes, short cuts, bus numbers, and train schedules. In the beginning, I got lost quite a few times on my way to the venue. Thanks to evam, I can now navigate from Velachery to Egmore with no difficulty. Joining evam is one of the best decisions I ever made. I look forward to attending tons of stand-up shows in the future, and probably learn stage lighting some day. Cheers!