Imperial student playwrights on their recent work

Imperial student playwrights on their recent work

Students Gilead Amit and Pranav Mahajan discuss their productions, Imperial Collage and The Destroyer of Worlds. For more information please visit

that's a slippery of college my knowledge I can't sink nice when they cause a singer and their tune is unexpected as I help protect the right and they suspect is one objective Donna thank you folks go ahead and take him down well i'm currently sat in the student union with two of the playwright's behind two of the student productions this term quite different ones we have pranav's play about an atomic bomb and Gil adds musical review the Imperial collage story I'm just going to ask you both to tell us a little bit about the plays and what kind of prompted the writing process is for you and well my play was called the destroyer of worlds and I was just having a discussion with a friend of mine and just about people that we thought influenced the world sort of the regulars came up sort of Gandhi Martin Luther King but then he said Albert Einstein oh yeah yeah equals MC squared that was pretty good he's like yeah yeah but also the impact they had on building the atomic bomb and that sort of stuck so I researched it I looked it up and I ended up just getting immersed in this story and just thought that this would be this is something that's not really very well known and it would just be incredible to write down and see what i could do with it and what about you Gillard well I think the the name of the review says it all Imperial College it's a very light-hearted approach to all the stereotypes and idiosyncrasies that we have at Imperial and it was born of the fact that I've always admired musical theatre and people who can sing or play an instrument icon I can do neither and the way I felt I could get involved with them was to write and to direct them and to enter their world sort of through the back door so it's very much a mirror held up to the Union and to the College in the way it works but very light-hearted and very gently satirical rather than acerbic and I'm just quite intrigued about how you both started the writing process well I think we're quite fortunate these days that we've got such a lot of technology I was able to do research on YouTube for example so i could see interviews with these scientists and i could see how they would speak and how they direct and once I sort of had this information flowing through my head I just wrote down ideas wrote down certain lines nothing in any sort of structure just wrote down what I could where I could and then just try to bring it together so glad you're not acting in in the production so what will your role be will you just be kind of biting your nails in the front row I'll certainly be biting my nails whether it's in the the front row or the back row or the front row of of somewhere else has he had to be decided I'm not acting in it at all I directing very fortunate to have an assistant director of a sort of experience with the musical theatre society Michael Ball Mahtob who is remarkably acting in it and so i'll be trying to give the class feedback and as much support as i can and fran of your blissfully on the other side of all of this process because your productions that already am being shown but tell us about opening night in how it was for you opening night was incredible I've been involved in drama now for two years at Imperial and I've never seen an opening night with so many people and the reaction was fantastic I think and it really created a buzz amongst the crew in the cast so they managed to step up I was just wondering whether playwriting is something that's going to feature in your futures whether this is just a hobby during your time at University I would love to continue it in the future I obviously I don't envisage myself sort of being a London playwright as it were bit I have too many ideas in my head in too many storylines and rough drafts not to continue when I was much younger I always said to myself I I was a writer I wanted to be a writer but I hadn't actually written anything and then about a year ago I started putting things on paper and occurred to me that this is something I I could do and the idea of a review which had been buzzing around in my head for for a few years finally took shape and that is behind me I'm realizing that there's something I enjoy doing so much that whether I pursue it as a profession or not it's certainly something I'll have as a hobby and I think there is no better place than University to pursue it in s would be a real safety net environment so we've been talking about both of your place but they're actually three being put on by Imperials this term and I know you've both been to see the third can you tell us a little bit about it well this is the final draft of the dark side which is set during a setup for a dram SOG play it's thoroughly entertaining look behind the scenes at a dramatic Society at the University and it's I found myself laughing all the way through even though i had read the script before so three student productions actors crew what would you say to people who think that imperial is all about science lab work projects and don't really understand this massive element of creativity that goes on here as well well I'd say that people who are interested in science very often are interested in the humanities that have a creative side to them which tends to be overlooked or can be overlooked and imperial though it sometimes has a strange reputation as being a place where there isn't much much art has incredibly vibrant music scene incredibly vibrant theatrical scenes as we've seen this term I can't think of many other universities where the three major dramatic societies all put on original work and we have fingers crossed all go successfully well we're about two minutes from the start of Gillard's show and the union concert ball is absolutely packed you you

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