New Delhi: March 27 is celebrated as World Theatre Day. Theatre as art has lost much of its old day’s glory after the emergence of Cinema but had it not been for the Theatre, Cinema wouldn’t have gained so much acceptance and popularity today. Even today, theatre is something people look up to in order to understand raw emotions and their manifestation in life.
While Cinema gives us a tour of someone’s life, theatre gives us a live experience of the story. World Theatre Day was established by the International Theatre Institute(ITI) in 1961. It is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community.
As per the official website of ITI, “Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion. One of the most important of these is the circulation of the World Theatre Day message through which at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace. The first World Theatre Day Message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962.”
This year’s message is delivered by Television actress Helen Mirren. Helen Mirren is one of the best known and most respected actresses with an international career that spans stage, screen and television and has won many awards for her powerful and versatile performances, including the Academy Award in 2007 for her performance in The Queen.
Here’s her Message:
“This has been such a very difficult time for live performance and many artists, technicians and craftsmen and women have struggled in a profession that is already fraught with insecurity. Maybe that always present insecurity has made them more able to survive this pandemic with wit and courage. Their imagination has already translated itself, in these new circumstances, into inventive, entertaining, and moving ways to communicate, thanks of course in large part to the internet.”
“Human beings have told each other stories for as long as they have been on the planet. The beautiful culture of theatre will live for as long as we stay here. The creative urge of writers, designers, dancers, singers, actors, musicians, directors, will never be suffocated and in the very near future will flourish again with new energy and a new understanding of the world we all share. I can’t wait!”