The Ministry of Arts & Culture organised this year’s Residential Drama Workshop on 10 till 12 April 2015. Directors of all around the island were invited at the newly constructed ‘Lady Sushil Ramgoolam Recreation Centre’ at Pointe aux Piments. This year, the focus was on ‘Technical Aspects of Theatre’. For those of you who missed it, here is a nice video montage by Arts Officer ‘Stelio’

Personally, I was very satisfied with the overall organisation. Had the opportunity to learn about several technical aspects ranging from ‘Artiste Makeup’, Sound Design, Set Design, Curtains for Open Air Stage/ Hall, last but not the least ‘Lighting’. As the Senior Arts officer emphasised, the Ministry is regionalising National Drama Festival in order to allow the audience to come to their nearest hall in the locality after work hours to watch the preliminaries. This has several implications on the organiser’s side as well as the participating group’s side who are used to do preliminaries at Serge Constantin Theatre. I had the opportunity to meet new Rodriguan friends and was amazed by their talent in performing one-man show. Also got the chance to perform with a talented female tabla player and to accompany Stelio, who is the amongst the king of vocals! Drama / Theater in Mauritius

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