Technically unsound1 min read
Manipal: The official dramatics club of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Aaina, experienced faulty audio systems in ‘Crossroads’, their first production this semester, on August 31.
The evening comprised of two plays, ‘Reflection’ and ‘Peelay Scooter Waala’ at the AC seminar hall, MIT campus. The flow of the play was disrupted due to the improper functioning of the audio systems which left the actors on the stage confused. “It was a bit difficult to understand the transitions during the play but I think if they would have used an adequate audio system, it would have made a positive difference,” said Akhilesh Jaiswal, an MIT third year student.
Rishabh Manan, one of the members of the organising committee explained, “The audio system in the hall was faulty. We did face slight problems during our run-through but never anticipated it to happen on the final day. All the actors in the play were well-versed with the script and hence could adapt to any inconvenience. We tried to shift the focus on actors’ performances by using the spotlight and other equipment”
‘Reflection’, the first act of the evening was criticised for its unclear and complicated plot but ‘Peelay scooter wala’, a Hindi narrative was much appreciated. “The actors on stage often broke the 4th wall rule of theatre and would directly communicate with the audience. This had a positive effect on the overall performance,” said Natasha Gariwal, a fourth year student at MIT. “I preferred the second play as it was much easier to understand than the previous one,” she added.
Edited by Gargi Kerkar