The seeds of d.r.i.f.t were sown in early 2011 when Niranjani Iyer, the artistic director of The Pocket Company gave her first theatre workshop to the children of the Tibetan Childrens Village school. The project however, only took off properly after our first annual theatre festival in 2017. The desire to work towards creating a sustainable community theatre space outside urban areas is what pushes this project.
In 2019, d.r.i.f.t became a a Trust and thanks to the many individuals who “drifted” in to join us. We are now a motley crew of wildly diverse people, most of whom started off with zero theatre experience but are now ardent theatre enthusiasts and practitioners. We work together to create and organise performances, free school workshops, workshops for adults and children (outside of school) as well as regularly performing public readings on various themes in cafés and restaurants in Mcleodganj and Dharamshala.
Our initiative is built around the ideas of resistance, resilience and community. It is our firm belief that, through the act of working together towards a collective vision, theatre is intrinsically conducive to building solidarity between different people.