The Shakespeare Society of St Stephen’s College organised Inter-College Rajpal’14, the One Act play Competition on 24th-25th January, 2014. A total of 11 colleges performed and the plays piled up to be 12 in number (11 competitive plays and 1 non-competitive play from St. Stephen’s College). The competition dawned on Friday, 24th January with the performers of Miranda House, Sri Ram College of Commerce, Gargi College, Hindu College, Kirori Mal College, Jesus and Mary College and St. Stephen’s College. Rest of the colleges including Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Hindu College, Ramjas College, Sri Venkateswara College, and St. Stephen’s College staged their performance on 25th January. All teams were given an average time of one hour for their plays. The plays were expected to be mainly in English, but could be bilingual.
Bhamini Lakshminarayan, the Convenor of Direction said “Colleges of North Campus are very active in the field of dramatics, so we provide all the students with a platform to compete with no specific theme for the competition”.
The Players from Kirori Mal College with their play ‘Room for Doubt’ bagged the first position, directed by Anuj Chopra and Upasya Goswami. ‘Speed Dating for Amateurs’ (Masque, Hindu College) and ‘Black Comedy’ (The Dramatics Society, Sri Ram College of Commerce) were the 1st and 2nd runner-ups respectively.
The winning play focused around a sexual harassment case and targeted on the mindsets of the university people- how they get caught up in the existing social norms. “This experience was extremely nice and illuminating at St. Stephen’s. We got to learn a lot from the competitors and we could give our best because of the supportive audience that we got from all over the university” said Anuj Chopra, the Co-director of ‘Room for Doubt’.
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