The 17th edition of the Old World Theatre Festival brings the best of Indian plays to be staged at India Habitat Centre from 20th-28th October. 15 plays over a period of 9 days will surely bring the theatre enthusiasts closer to the stage. A pan Indian constellation of original scripts from multiple cities mirrors the continuities in Indian Theatre from the earliest to the most contemporary.

The productions are representative of the multidimensional character of theatre today with the dynamic interplay of text with sound, choreography, physical theatre, local and people’s histories to fluid genders, food, sign language and gestures to deconstruct a theatre goer’s usual expectations. For the first time a National Theatre Live Broadcast is also part of the festival line-up.


20th October, 2018
The Festival opens with a

A Kutiyattam performance

(A Tribute to the Spirit of Kerala)


from Abhiseka Natka (Act I) of Bhasa

  • 20th October | 6:30pm

Directors: Guru Ammanur Madhava Chakyar and G. Venu

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Stand on the Street

  • 20th & 21st October | 5:00 pm & 6:00 pm

Devised: Visual Respiration
Performers: Anjana Balaji, and Aditya Garg
Design and Direction: Aruna Ganesh Ram
Environment Design: Natasha Sharma
Sound Design: MT Aditya Srinivasan

21st October, 2018

Gaa Re Maa

  • 21st October | 4:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Director: Anahita Uberoi
Story and Creative Producer: Ishitta Arun
Writers: Adhir Bhat & Siddharth Kumar
Cast: Bharati Achrekar, Suneeta Rao, Ruturaj Shinde, Danny Sura, Zayn Marie Khan, Aseem Hattangady
Music Director: Dhruv Ghanekar
Asst. Director: Devika Shahani
Additional Music Production: Gaurav Godkhindi

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Immersive Theatre
Workshop by Aruna Ganeh Ram

  • October 21st | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

An Introduction to immersive theatre is a one day workshop where participants will create performance, using their bodies, voices, objects, materials, technology and music. You can be an actor, dancer, singer, a writer, a poet, a storyteller, a fine artist, a mountain climber, a yoga practitioner or a brand marketeer. Immersive Theatre will help you transform the way people experience your work.

22nd October, 2018

Light Design Workshop by Yael Crishna

  • 22nd October | 10:00 am - 04:00 pm

This workshop will cover light plans and how they need to be adapted when the show travels and also issues faced when moving from one city to another.


Under An Oak Tree

  • 22nd October | 7:00pm

Group: Qadir Ali Baig Foundation
Writer: Noor Baig
Director: Mohammad Ali Baig
Cast: Mohammad Ali Baig, Noor Baig, Vijay Prasad
Producer: Begum Razia Baig
Set, Light & Sound Design: Mohammad Ali Baig
Stage Manager: Vijay Prasad

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23rd October, 2018

The Legend of Ila: A Story in Song

  • 23rd October | 7:00pm

Group: Barefoot Theatre Group
Words and Music: Anant Dayal
Performers: Subhadra Kamath, Adhiraj Mustafi, Anant Dayal
(with musical arrangements by all three performers)

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National Theatre Live (NTLive) Broadcast of


  • 23rd October | 7:00pm

Writer: Polly Stenham, after Strindberg
Director: Carrie Cracknell
Cast: Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa

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24th October, 2018

Dekh Behen...

  • 24th October | 7:00pm

Group: Akvarious Productions
Writers: Dilshad Edibam Khurana and Tahira Nath Krishnan
Directors: Prerna Chawla & Shikha Talsania
Cast: Aahana Kumra, Astha Arora, Dilshad Edibam Khurana, Mithila Palkar, Prerna Chawla, Shikha Talsania, Tahira Nath Krishnan and others

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25th October, 2018

One Night Only

  • 25th October | 7:00pm

Group: Akvarious Productions
Writers: Tahira Nath Krishnan and Amey Mehta
Director & Choreographer: Amey Mehta
Cast: Priyanka Bhatia, Raj Chauhan, Srishti Gautam, Abhishek Krishnan, Mohit Mathur, Amey Mehta, Sayalee Meshram, Mukti Mohan, Apoorva Ranjankar, Reshma Shetty, Meena Singh, Trinetra Tiwari

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Pascualnama (Hindi/60mins)

  • 25th & 26th October | 7:30pm

Group: Third Space Collective, Delhi
Director: Dhwani Vij
Writer: Camilo Jose Cela
Performers: Mohd. Faheem, Rahul Tewari

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26th October, 2018

Beyond Borders

  • 26th October | 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Group: The Creative Arts
Writer & Director: Ramanjit Kaur
Cast: Kamal Ahluwalia, Vineeta Abhani, Pragya Gupta, Soma Giri Anita Khandelwal, Aarti Daga, Rekha Saraogi, Sandhya Poddar, Saroj Tivary, Seema Grover, Parammeet Shergill, Ritika Kumar, Anjana Chopra, Shradha Saraf, Anshu Singhvi, Shalini Sethi, Ruhani Singh, Sonia Dhir
Music Design: Tanmoy Bose
Light Design: Daulat Vaid

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Bhagi Hui Ladkiya

  • 26th October |6:00 pm

Group: Aagaaz Delhi
Director: Dhawni Vij
Cast: Nagina, Jasmine, Nagma, Zainab
Stage Design: Nagina, Dhwani, Jasmine, Nagma, Zainab
Light Design: Led by Tech Quartet with Ismail and Muzammil

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27th October, 2018

Item (Hindi/100mins)

  • 27th October | 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Group: Natak Company, Pune
Writer: Siddhesh Purkar
Director: Kshitish Date
Cast: Dipti Kachre Sainath Ganuwad, Akshay Joshi, Siddharth Mahashabde, Siddhesh Purkar, Ruchita Bhujbal, Yash Ruikar, Rutvik Vyas, Ninad Gore, Spruha Kulkarni, Omkar Bhagade, Bhargavi Sardesai, NishchayAtal Ingole, Akshay Khaire, Chinmay Deo, Abhilash Matre, Kshitish Date

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Dastaan Live

  • October 27 & 28 | 7:30 pm

Group: Sandbox Collective, Bangalore
Musicians: Anirban Ghosh (Bass Guitar), Sumant Balakrishnan (Guitar/Vocals)
Nikhil Vasudevan (Drums), Sudheer Rikhari (Poetry/Vocals)
Varun Gupta (Percussions), Jagtinder Singh Sidhu (Hindustani Vocals)
Subhanshu Singh (Guitar)

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28th October, 2018

Say, What?
(Choreography/50mins )

  • October 28 | 6:00 pm

Group: Sandbox Collective, Bangalore
Choreographer: Avantika Bahl
Collaborator: Vishal Sarvaiya
Performers: Vishal Sarvaiya and Avantika Bahl

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Utterly Gutterly
(Hindi & English/90mins)

  • 28th October | 11:30 am & 4:00 pm

Group: Aarambh, Mumbai
Writer & Director: Purva Naresh
Story: Naresh Saxena
Cast: Aman Uppal, Sarik Singh, Advait Kothari, Himanshu Talreja, Niranjan Iyengar, Hari Jangid, Harshit Suvarna, Laxmi, Rakhi and Others
Light Design: Asmit Patahre
Lights operation: Adi Shastri

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