Theatre is often seen as “non-essential” compared to subjects like Math and Science but it’s not just a hobby for a privileged few. Participating in theatre teaches children and young adults essential life skills of communication, creativity, collaboration.
Do you like stories? Discovering new books? Come talk to us. It’s open to everyone. So if you’re someone who simply wants to read, get training in performance techniques, other theatre skills or have a space you want us to read in, you know where to find us!
A play is put together by myriad skill sets and since our mission is to build theatre practitioners as well as audiences, we hold workshops on the various elements that go into the making of theatre : play production, vocal training, acting training and others.
Since 2017, our annual festival has been built on one central principle: community! People matter to us. Each year, we bring shows and workshops from India and abroad to local audiences. We also stage productions with local schools and adults with whom we have been engaged through the year.
Participating groups oversee the running of the festival, along with volunteers and organisers. Everyone helps with setting up, backstage work, ushering, and preparing and serving food and drink for artists, volunteers and audience members alike, among other work. Artists, volunteers and organisers work on the same tasks together. Volunteers see every show and also attend workshops.
The result is a warm and intimate atmosphere unlike any other festival in the country–or so our participants and audiences tell us! We believe that by bringing people together to work towards a collective vision, theatre can build powerful solidarities between different people and groups.
And indeed, this is a festival that is kept going by the spirit of theatre and collaboration.
I love how drift is run. every person who is a participant here is part of everything. That, I love.It's very rare in festivals. Otherwise, the team comes, performs, they dont know any other aspect of the festival and they just run away after their performance. Here it was really different with all people staying together, sharing everything, they know how the kitchen is being run, how the promotion has been run...everything is visible to you. It's transparent.
is an alumnus of the National School of Drama, a powerhouse performer and was a participant in our 2018 festival with her stellar feminist show R.I.P and her workshop on creating a solo theatre piece.We loved having her and hope she comes back soon.
I've been a part of drift since the very beginning in some capacity or the other and it's been a very, very interesting experience for me. When i think about drift, the first thing that comes to mind is the sense of community. It's been a very beautiful thing to build this community, watch it grow and work within it. And as a very diverse group from all walks of life, with different beliefs, different opinions, different ideas and tastes, some amount of conflict that arises from building communities comes with that (though I must say I was thinking more rainbows and butterflies when i used to think of building communities!) and navigating that, resolving issues has been the most enriching part and i think that's very important to learn how to do that, especially now.
is a graphic designer, writer and the person behind our fabulous festival posters. She's also been onstage and refuses to come back as an actor or at the ticketing counter during the festival.
I found that the students would take interest in theatre workshops and enjoyed it. After the workshop was over my observations were that the students are more confident in whatever activity they were doing in the class. They are now trying to lead their group in activities, they show creativity in everyday work. I also observed that the hyper students in the workshop group seems to calmer than they used to be.
Teacher at the Lower Tibetan Childrens Village school and one of our most enthusiastic partners. We would not have had the results we had we did with the children if not for her drive and intention to bring them theatre.