Ajoka concludes online theatre festival

Updated 29 May, 2020 11:32am
Ajoka has also been giving online classes. (Picture - Ajoka social media)
Ajoka has also been giving online classes. (Picture - Ajoka social media)

After Ajoka’s Coronologue Online Theatre Festival ends, a jury of eminent personalities is viewing the selected submissions to determine the prize winners.

‘Coronalogue’ is the first of its kind online theatre festival on the theme of ‘Living and Defying Corona Lockdown’ and the entries include monologues on lockdown and coronavirus as well as humorous theatrical performances and one-person acts.

Of the entries that poured in from all parts of the country, five select performances will be presented live on social media and Ajoka’s Youtube channel. The first three entries will be awarded cash prizes.

About the ‘Coronologue’, Ajoka’s Executive Director and festival curator Shahid Nadeem said, “Unlike online film festivals, Coronologue is a theatre-based online festival through which new theatrical productions have been invited to participate. These are extraordinary times and we have to undertake extraordinary initiatives to meet the challenges posed by the pandemic.”

Ajoka Institute Director Nirvaan Nadeem said Ajoka had launched several new initiatives since the Corona crisis, including online acting and writing classes, new motivational online course ‘The Art of Success’ and the response had been very encouraging.

“We might be exploring a new form of theatre-making. ”The jury’s decision will be announced in the first week of June and the winning submissions will be presented “live” online.

Originally published in Dawn, May 29th, 2020