we have conceptualized and performed a range of book readings over the years. we invite you to browse through our work and contact us for creative and customized readings.
if you are afraid of heights
book launch of raj kamal jha’s “if you are afraid of heights” for picador india in association with the culture café of the british council, chennai @ the british council, november 2003.
"raj kamal jha's "if you are afraid of heights" came alive at the british council library when "theatre Y" read out excerpts from the novel." - the hindu
taj - a story of mughal india
a series of dramatized book readings of ‘taj- a story of mughal india’ by timeri murari at various places, in 2004.
"theatre Y, through a careful selection of passages from the novel and a rearrangement of the scenes, made sure that in the course of an hour each one in the audience felt they had lived though a fascinating era." - the hindu
world book day
on the occasion of world book day in 2008, theatre Y took excerpts from best selling books and performed them for a small gathering in the british council library, followed by a panel discussion with the judges.
to let house
a book reading at landmark, citi centre, chennai, of daisy hasan’s ‘to let house’, a shortlisted book of the hindu best fiction award, instituted by the hindu literary review as a precursor to its 20th anniversary, in 2010.
"with versatile theatre personality yog japee of theatre Y reading aloud some of the choicest extracts from daisy hasan's to-let house, the audience, for sure, had something to jog their memory...mr. japee, through his lively descriptions, showcased the style of the writer and brought some of the main characters before the eyes." - the hindu
a book reading at landmark, nungambakkam, chennai, of manu joseph’s ‘serious men’, a shortlisted book of the hindu best fiction award, instituted by the hindu literary review as a precursor to its 20th anniversary, in 2010.
"an avid crowd listened in rapt attention as members of the theatre group, theatre Y, read out extracts from manujoseph's serious men at the landmark bookstore. from laughing aloud to whispering to a neighbour, and pondering over some sketches of the characters, the readings were both funny and poignant for the audience of different age groups." - the hindu
100th anniversary of su raa
dramatized performance of a collection of work by tamil author sundara ramaswamy on his 100th birth anniversary. commissioned by book publishers kalachuvadu and performed at kanyakumari, tamil nadu.
orange prize for fiction, 2011
british council chennai commissioned theatre Y to do a dramatised reading of the shortlisted books of the orange prize for fiction 2011.
the coimbatore literary festival, 2013
theatre Y performed excerpts from the book ‘my dear bapu’, by gopalkrishna gandhi at the first coimbatore literary festival. the book is a collection of correspondence between c. rajagopalachari and mahatma gandhi.
"performers from theatre Y did a reading of letters between gandhi and rajaji." - the hindu
book reading of agni siragugal
book publisher kalachuvadu commissioned theatre Y to launch a collection in tamil called agni siragugal, selected plays by Girish Karnad, translated into tamil.
‘i, bernice,’ an evening in memory of bernice reubens
a dramatized reading of bernice reubens' books in 2003, coupled with extracts from film and personal notes from the members of the writing residence workshop conducted by her in chennai.
british council writers’ circle award night
a dramatized reading of prize winning and other entries and a panel discussion with the judges at the british council writers’ circle award night in 2003.
the arrangements of love
a dramatized reading of “timeri murari's ‘arrangements of love’ for penguin india, in association with the culture café of the british council, chennai.
"timeri murari's "arrangements of love," released recently at the british council library with a dramatised reading by theatre Y, is all about India, complete with its idiosyncrasies and everyday surprises. Including errant crocodiles in hotel bathtubs." - the hindu
an evening of dramatized and creative adaptation of short stories by roald dahl for “the courtyard series”, the british council, Chennai, performed at the british council courtyard, chennai, february 2005.
"classic roald dahl fare is deliciously wicked and often rather chilling. theatre Y, a Chennai-based theatre group, tried to capture the essence of dahl with a bit of indian flavour added to the original." - the hindu
a performed reading at the launch of the book ‘voices within – carnatic music-passing on an inheritance’ written by bombay jayashree and t.m. krishna at the music academy, chennai and the nani palkhiwala auditorium, coimbatore, in 2007.
"far from a regular book release event, the launch of "voices within - passing on an inheritance" recently at the music academy, brought out the essence of the chapters through an impeccable music recital by children (who said classical music is becoming extinct), book reading (theatre artiste yog japee looked and sounded like a bhagavatar) and anchoring (pitch and tone did the trick)." - the hindu
a dramatized reading of ‘crocodile tears’ published by tulika books at the launch of the children’s book at landmark bookshop, citi center, chennai, in 2008.
book publishers kalachavudu commissioned theatre Y to do a book reading of italian writer roberto calasso’s book ‘ka’. performed at odyssey bookshop, chennai, in 2011.
lit for life - the hindu literary festival, 2013
yog japee of theatre Y and film actor rahul bose performed excerpts from the book ‘my dear bapu’, by gopalkrishna gandhi. the book is a collection of correspondence between c. rajagopalachari and mahatma gandhi, and was performed at the inaugural event of the hindu lit for life literary festival .
"the event got off to a dramatic start with actor rahul bose and theatre artiste yog japee reading out the handwritten letters exchanged between mahatma gandhi and c. rajagopalachari (rajaji), culled out from author gopalkrishna gandhi’s new book ‘my dear bapu.’"- the hindu
25th anniversary of kalachuvadu publishers
theatre Y is happy to partner with kalachuvadu publishers, on the occasion of their 25th anniversary in 2013. from a discussion with alessandro baricco, author of silk, followed by a reading; then a reading and launch of the tamil translation of Gabriel Garcia Marcquez's one hundred years of solitude; as well as a reading of a collection of sylvia plath's poetry, followed by a talk with the translator, geeta sukumaran.