Masquerade – the Performance Group

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Coming Soon @ Masquerade, Chennai

Houdunnit - 3 short, comic thrillers

Houdunnit – 3 short, comic thrillers


An Illusionist swallowing razors, his niece, a young man in the audience – what’s the connection?

A woman, her husband, their new refridgerator – what’s the connection?

A young couple, a belt in their pooja room, their servant maid’s husband – what’s the connection? Piqued?

Be there on Feb 2nd, 2019 ( 5:00 pm and 7.30 pm) to laugh, to be surprised, to be shocked in turns. HOUDUNNIT is a sure fire Houdini act!

TICKETS – ₹ 200/-, available for Reservations at 9884029850 / 9884029866.

Or online at:

Email for booking/blocking and more details.

Celebrating our 24 years of journey, as we complete 24 and get ready to enter 25 – it’s all been about community entertainment! Come join our celebration of theatre entertainment!

In the cast: Ashvi K.S., Dhiraj Athreya, Dileep Rangan T, Jayashri Ramesh Sundaram, KK (Masquerade), Shakila Arun, Shrivatz (Steve) Agharam & Shubh Mukherjee

Directed by Krishna Kumar S


We do not have Wheelchair Assistance nor the venue has Ramp.


Two Day Theater Workshop


Speak Thy Speech Trippingly said Hamlet. But we believe one is an Actor first and Speaker next. Hence… this 2 day workshop will explore ways to facilitate actors train in ways that the body finds effective stimulus and impulse to realise the physical vocabulary needed to connect with the word before it can be uttered! ACT THE SPEECH TRIPPNGLY…

2 day Theatre / Theater Workshop for Actors

In Chennai

On Dec 1-2, 2018 (2 pm – 8 pm both days)

Exact Venue: Will be provided upon registration

Fee: Experience the workshop, Pay what your take home is worth… Yes, we don’t want to put a price on it. You decide!

Requirements : Come in Loose, stretchable clothing. Punctuality and mandatory both day presence required. BRING YOUR OWN WATER. And lotsa enthusiasm.

Age: 18 years and above


INTERESTED… Email us at right away.


This World Theatre Day

March 27, 2018

We start our 25th year journey…

and as part of that, we bring you



Dates: 27th March (7 15 pm), 31st March (4 & 7 15 pm)

Venue: Alchemy Black Box Studio, Adyar

Tickets: Rs. 200/- available at:

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Scan the QR code above for Booking or call 9884029866

It’s a small 70 seater auditorium,
so book your tickets in advance.



OCTOBER 7 & 8, 2017 – Saturday & Sunday…

@ Chandralekha Spaces – Mandala, Besant Nagar, Chennai, INDIA
Time: 7: 15 p.m
Duration: 1 hr 50 mins (with 10 min. intermission)
for audience 16+



(from original Hindi “Surya ki Antim Kiran se Pehli Kiran tak)


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JUNE 18, 2017 – SUNDAY
@ Spaces, Besant Nagar, Chennai, INDIA
Two Shows: 5:30 & 7:30 p.m
70+ mins duration
for audience 5+ years old…

The Bear&BeanBag Children's Theater, Chennai

The Bear & Beanbag Children’s Theater Company

a unit of




The Tiger and Bear Tales

Janosch - The TIger and Bear Tales

A children’s theatre performance by adults for children 5+ years old.

About the performance:

Is it better to stay home with all the given comforts? Or a little adventure in getting around the world to get some perspective? Is that perspective worth the trouble of going around? Join the Bear and the Tiger on their adventure to THE LAND OF THEIR DREAMS… meet several lovely little friends they make on THE(IR) TRIP TO PANAMA…

And while we are on it… WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU RECEIVED A LETTER? Or have to forgotten the good old post card? Not the Tiger, not the Bear… nor Aunty Goose. Explore a whole ‘OLD’ world of writing letters… a world where they still use a Phone as a Phone. Where a PHONE means a PHONE and does not come with Cameras for Selfies and Groupfies… A LETTER FOR TIGER… 

JOIN US AT SPACES (Elliot’s Beach, Besant Nagar, Chennai, INDIA) for a show of JANOSCH… at 5:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m on SUNDAY the 18th June, 2017 with all your kids (yours, those in the neighbourhood and any and every kid you can bring along!)… and the KID IN YOU!

It’s a show for 5+. ALL ARE WELCOME!

DURATION: 70 mins.

Poster and Promo concept: Arvind R Vyaas
Costume Design & Conception: Mitra Visvesh
Accessories, Props, Animal Ears & Hood: Ashvi K.S. (Intern)
Assistance in Production & Backstage: Rohit Narayan and Akshita Iyer
Assistance in Direction: Arvind R Vyaas
Lighting, Sound & Artistic Direction: Krishna Kumar. S (KK)

Pranav Dwaraknath (Little Bear), Madhumeeta B (Little Tiger)
Dhiraj Athreya, Shrivatz Agharam, Shriram Sivaramakrishnan & Vishal Vijayakumar
(Multiple Roles & Narration)


Below is a poster of our 2017 Summer offering from May 10 – 23, 2017 i 9 – 13 year old tweens in Chennai.


The workshop will culminate in a small presentation by the participant children.

Pranav Dwaraknath is the workshop leader.




A Devised production based on A Game of Dice, Urubhanga of Duryodhana, The Oath of Aswathama… from The Mahabharatha

conceived by Krishna Kumar. S

scripted by Shriram Sivaramakrishnan

performance devised by Actors at Masquerade

Artistic Direction: Dr. S. Krishna Kumar

Premieres on 1st April, 2017 @ 5 p.m

Venue: The Amphitheatre, Dakshinachitra Museum, East Coast Road (ECR), Muttukadu






WTD Tee Front

MARCH 27, 2017… 



With Love, Team Masquerade…

Breaking News…

The MYT Annual Summer Youth Theatre Workshop is back… CAMP NEUVE – Season 8

The workshop is a hands-on three week learning process with lot of fun and experiential learning. Actor training exercises, Theatre games, Creative Dramatics, Improvisation Games and Techniques, Physical, Voice and Verbal training… it’s all there. And the end of the workshop leads to a public stage production in June 2016.
We do not take more than 24 participants. Some slots are already pre-registered. So don’t wait, mail in today to with the Subject: MYT Summer Youth Theatre Workshop 2016
See you there!

JUNGLE BUNGLES – story performance for tweens – June 2015


The Bear&BeanBag Children's Theater, Chennai

a grassroots theatre initiative of


brings to Chennai

a story performance for kids aged 7 – 12


Jungle Bungles

EVENT: Story Performance (by KK)
DATES: 27 & 28 June, 2015
TIME: 7:15 – 8:30 p.m
VENUE: The Mandala, @ Spaces, #1, Elliot’s Beach Road
(1st building opp the Bessie Beach and right diagonal to Subway outlet)

Ever wondered what it is to take the easy way out and make a hard job of it? That’s what happened to a particular greedy croc and a particular lazy lion who rather preferred not to hunt! They venture out of the forest into the city… Many misadventures after, when they reached the city, what happens? Blimey, come discover what fun it is… On condition you necessarily bring at least one kid aged between 7 & 12. All are welcome, no need for Id card even if you’re above 18. Just remember to bring that child in you.

REQUEST: Click “Going” (on our FB page: only if you’re really coming along. Else there’s always LIKE button. We’re not looking to boost “Reached so many people” but look forward to your actual footfalls. Hope to see you there.

ABOUT : The Bear & Beanbag Children’s Theater was set up as an internal wing of Masquerade – the performance group, to channelise our theatrical endeavours and energies that would best concern to serve the interest of the children (5 to 7 year olds) and the tweens (8 to 12 year olds). We strongly believe in a non-exclusive community and our belief in theatre is so too. However, due to constraints of certain performance requirements, there are times when children cannot be brought into theatre for grown-ups. Hence to clearly draw lines, we set up Landing Stage Youth Theatre Group in 2001, Masquerade Youth Theatre in 2009 and The Bear and Beanbag Children’s in 2010. 

At Masquerade, we believe in talent development. Potential children are identified and training workshops are offered during Summer Holidays. A lot of these children between 8 and 12 keep returning to these workshops and when the reach 13, they transition into the Youth Theatre. At the Youth Theatre too similar process happens. Today we have about 5 of our group who started as children at 6 or 7 yrs and have either moved into MYT and even mainstream Masquerade. Our most experienced actor started as a 6 year old even before the founding days of The Bear and Beanbag and today has gone through 4 summers at MYT. She also occasionally makes her sallies into Masquerade.

So in case you liked our performance, think that our program sounds good, email us at and we’ll get back to you appropriately.


Four for Summer from


The Bear & Beanbag Children’s

in collaboration with



Theatre First

a 10 day beginner’s workshop for

tweens 8 – 12 yrs

Dates: 11 May – 22 May (Weekends excluded)

Time: 10: 15 a.m – 12:00 noon

Venue: Kalpataru Hobby Centre (ECR)

For registration & details, call Ms. Seema – 9600037773


CAMP NEUVE 7 – MYT SUMMER 2015 for teens


It’s that time of the year at MYT!

Three weeks of Theatre Workshop for 13 – 19 year olds

Masquerade Youth Theatre, Chennai’s 7th season of Camp Neuve Summer Theatre Workshop for teens begins on 11th May, Monday.

The three-week intensive workshop on theatre essentials is a learn-as-you-practice module for teens aged 13-19 years and would run from 9:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m everyday from May 11th – 29th (weekends excluded). Workshop participants get to explore, create and hone their skills that include scripting, acting, stage management as well as the technical aspects.

The Workshop is divided into three inter-connected modules: Module 1 – Essentials for Theatre Actor; Module 2 – Actor and Space; Module 3 – Voices in the Head. The last module is a natural extension to the first two and is evolutionary; all three lead to the discovery of the self and of the participant as a socially responsive actor.

The workshop would extend into a proposed devised stage presentation for July. For workshop details, dress code and registration, email or call Masquerade at +91-98840-29865 or +91-99405-42821. Limited registrations, so call or email in early and register. Or follow the url to register:



a one-day learn’em-all-basics theater workshop

brought to you by Masquerade in collaboration with Dakshinachitra

Date: 14 May, 2015 (Thursday) – Time: 10:00 – 5:30 p.m – Age: 8 – 12 yrs

Registration & Further details, call Ms. Lakshmi, Dakshinachitra – 98417 77779

Pick-up at 8:30 a.m at Madras Crafts Foundation (MCF) office, Besant Nagar &

Drop back at MCF in the evening

It’s going to be a whale of a time by the shores in an exotic setting. Miss Not!
PS: The workshop will wind up with a small presentation by participants and certification


Residency Theater Weekend

a new sleep-over theater concept for Teens

facilitated by Masquerade in collaboration with Dakshinachitra

Dates: 16-17 May, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: 10:00 a.m (Saturday) – 5 p.m (Sunday)
Age: 13 – 16 years

This exhaustive workshop will train passionate teens in Stagecraft, Story performance & Acting Essentials.

If you’re in the age group, you wouldn’t want to especially miss
the late night Bonfire Story Session or the theater at dawn

Registration & Further details, call Ms. Lakshmi, Dakshinachitra – 98417 77779

Pick-up on Saturday (16 May, 2015) at Madras Crafts Foundation (MCF) office, Besant Nagar &

Drop back at MCF in the evening on Sunday (17 May, 2015)

Call today. This is the 1st of its kind Residency theater for Teens in Chennai. A Unique Experience!!
PS: The workshop will wind up with a small presentation by participants and certification


Masquerade Youth Theater


THE TEARJERKER – a devised production

performed by CAMP NEUVE 6 workshop participants

Premiere – 8th & 9th August 2014 – 3 Shows, 100% Fun & Riot, 200% Thought-provoking guaranteed

At Skills, #1, Elliot’s Beach Road, Besant Nagar (facing Elliot’s Beach)

Entry Open to All



MYT’s CAMP NEUVE continues…

Masquerade Youth Theatre’s 6th season of Camp Neuve Summer Theatre Workshop for teens …

begins on 12th May, Monday.

CAMP NEUVE 6 – the 6th season of MYT Teen & Youth Theatre Workshop is for youth aged 13 – 19 years. Limited to 24 participants only, it is an annual summer opportunity for both beginners to learn theatre skills as well as regular returnees to sharpen further their skills. The workshop this year would focus on three areas: Body & Space, Voice & Breathing, Words & Gesture.  The three-week intensive workshop on theatre essentials is a learn-as-you-practice module. Workshop participants get to explore, create and hone their skills that include scripting, acting, stage management as well as the technical aspects. Scholarships in the form of post-workshop refunds available, upon successful completion.

The workshop would extend into a proposed devised stage presentation for end June – early July. Dates: May 12 – 30 (weekends excluded), Time: 4 – 6.30 p.m. Venue: Kalpataru Hobby Centre, 4/222, East Coast Road (ECR), Palavakkam, Chennai 41. For more details regarding fee and registration, contact or call Masquerade @ 9884029865.



Look HOO’s knocking on your door, inviting you… to fly along to the Kingdom of NoWorries, where Fantasy King, folksy ministers and fairy daughters delight you in whorls of creativity while the evil lord Tearjerker plans to sink you into the world of serial killers, eternally make you think of tears by the day and revenge by night. If you are between 8 and 13, do you want to miss it? This is your chance to get on the HOOwagon!

Yes… The HOO THEATER is back this summer… after suffering from punctured tyres, deflated tubes and rusty spokes. Get your Imagi-kerchieves into your backpacks along with your favourite bottle of water. Pick your phone, call Hippocampus today for registration, because…. Hippocampus joins hands with Masquerade – the performance group’s Tween wing, The Bear and Beanbag Children’s Theatre, to bring you an unforgettable summer theatre workshop that will end with a rollicking presentation that’s sure to be on your adult shelves as a CD to look back upon!

Event: Theater Workshop; Age group – 8 – 13; Duration: 3.30 p.m – 5.30 p.m (Monday – Friday); Venue: Hippocampus, Old No.4, New No.11, 3rd Avenue, Indira Nagar, Adyar, Chennai–20. The Workshop Fee is Rs. 2600 (Registration Charges included)/- For Registrations, contact, Ms. Chandni / Ms.  Priya, 044 – 24433544 / 42116417 Email: For further details of workshop, email



wishes you all a very theatrical

WORLD THEATER DAY – March 27, 2014

and on this occasion

our 16th WTD celebration performance

The Island

The Island


by ATHOL FUGARD, John Kani & Winston Ntshona

performance devised by KK, Shrivatz & Arvind Vyaas

March 27 (7:15 p.m) – Non-ticketed, invited show – @ SPACES, Besant Nagar (opp Elliots Beach)

March 28-29 (7:15 p.m) – @ T.N. Rajarathinam Auditorium (off Adyar Bridge)

For Donor Passes for 28-29,

Proceeds from the show go to facilitate our summer youth and tween training initiatives

for details on our summer youth, teen & tween programs, watch this space early APRIL 2014


Welcome to the Masquerade family!

This summer 2013, we go one step further and do one better than anyone else.

We have not one but three workshops to offer you!

All age groups, whether kids from 8 to 12 or teens from 13 to 21 can attend!


Who can attend ?

The workshop for Camp Neuve ( 3B school of Music, Jeevarathinam Nagar, Adyar) is restricted to people between 13 and 19. Number of participants restricted to a maximum of 20

How long is the workshop ?

Camp Neuve – The sessions would run at 3 hours a day for a total of three weeks ( 6th May to 24th May) from 10 am to 1 pm.

What about the fee ?

The course fee would be Rs. 2500/- per participant for the Camp Neuve workshop ( 13-19 years)

The Bear&BeanBag Children's Theater, Chennai

Who can attend ?

The workshop at The Bear and Beanbag ( 3B school of Music, Jeevarathinam Nagar, Adyar) , is restricted to people between 8-12 years. Number of participants restricted to a maximum of 20.

The Tree of Theatre workshop at Kalpataru ECR, is for those between 8-12 years.

How long is the workshop ?

The Bear and Beanbag at 3B – The sessions would be for 2 hours a day for a total of two weeks ( Weekends excluded) from 430 pm to 630 pm from 6th to 17th. Performance on the 18th at Kalpataru!

 The Tree of Theatre @ Kalpataru, ECR – The sessions would be for 2 hours a day for a total of two weeks( only Sunday excluded) from 4 to 6 pm, from the 6th to the 17th. Performance on the 18th at Kalpataru.

What about the fee ?

The course fee would be Rs. 1500/- per participant for The Bear and Beanbag workshop at 3B school ( 8-12 years)
Rs. 1200/- per participant for The Tree of Theatre workshop at Kalpataru (non-refundable under any circumstances).

For any further information, call us at 9884029865 / 9884029855/9710736160, or mail us at

For Registration, access the link here


WTD # 15

World Theater Day – March 27 – Wednesday

As has been in the past 14 years…


invites you


Live the Joy of Theater…

The Commedia dell’Arte Way!!!



These are days of much maligned relationships on the Indo-Italian front! The governments are fighting… rousing rabbles and fishing in troubled waters… the Envoys are on alert. But not us in the Theater. This year’s World Theater Day message comes from the great Italian Theater personality – DARIO FO!

And we at Masquerade are taking a leaf out of his work. As we step into 20 years of existence at Masquerade (started 1994 -), we turn a new leaf….

A devised work-in-progress…

Our very Indian Sanskrit theater in a very European package…



written around 2nd Century B.C. by King Shudraka

About the Production

Devised and performed as a story-narrative by seven aspiring performance-enthusiasts, it is a work in progress… and hence not ticketed. Also, keeping in tradition with the Commedia dell’Arte story telling-performing tradition, we plan to travel this show around… each time improvising, improving on previous performances… and PASSING THE HAT around. That too is a dell’Arte tradition.

“Masquerade” brings to you a devised dell’Arte performance of The Little Clay Cart to commemorate the world theatre day.

Date: 28th of March 2013

Time: 7.15 p.m

Venue: ”SPACES”- #1 Elliot’s Beach road, Besant Nagar.

Entry strictly restricted to 75 blockings. Invite through RSVP only. To make the experience comfortable for the audience, we seek your RSVP so we don’t get into standing room situation. Much as possible, Mosquitoes not allowed… neither are Mosquito tennis racquets.

Contact by furnishing surface address for communication purpose and invitations.

Further details call KK @ 98840 29865 after 6 p.m and till 9.00 p.m until or before 24 March, Sunday, 2013.



June 3, 2012 at 11:18 am · Filed under Announcements· Edit


Faced with the responsibility of looking after their orphaned  niece, Theresa and Angelica, two middle-aged sisters, have settled on the idea of impersonating begging nuns in order to send Tania to art school in Europe…

But as the play begins they have run into double trouble. An agile young cat burglar is about to make off with their ill-gotten gains; and a suspicious policeman has followed Theresa (and her collection bucket) home…

However, all is not as desperate as it seems, as the personable young thief happens to be a medical student who steals to pay his tuition – and is willing to consider alternative means of fund raising !

While the cop, as it turns out, is also not above taking what he can on the side. So the four join forces for some inspired larceny and things go swimmingly — or do until the supposedly saintly Tania turns up unannounced – and the confusion that ensues!!!!

Masquerade Youth Theatre starts this season with John Patrick’s Cheating Cheaters as a tribute to Chennai’s most loved genre – comedy…

Directed by Harshavardhan Ganesan & Vaidhya M Sundar

Tickets Starting at INR 150 (advance bookings get INR 50 discount)


Venue:  TN Rajaratnam Auditroium, (RA Puram opposite MGR Janaki College Durgabhai Deshmukh road, next to Adyar Bridge)

Date & Time: 16th June, 3:30 & 6:30 pm

Call +91 9710736130 or +91 99401 38749 for details and direct booking




  harihara bharathi wrote @

Yesterday Performanceis really awesome

Liked by 1 person

  Masquerade wrote @

Thank you. Do check our page regularly and keep encouraging us! Hope to see you on 27th or 31st March at our forthcoming show.


  L wrote @

May I know what the fee structure is for this workshop?


  Ananth wrote @

Posters are rocking!!!


  Dushyanth Gunashekar wrote @

Killer Website man


[…] JIGSAW is also a presentation of sneak preview into three of our coming season’s mainstream productions. Announcement of our 2009-10 Theatre Season Launch […]


  Aditya wrote @

Super posters … the scene is building up ….


  2009-2010 season preview « wrote @

[…] March 6, 2009 at 7:58 am · Filed under Announcements Here is a preview of what we have in store for the 2009-2010 season. […]


  kk wrote @

Way to go, Manickam! Keep it up. Shall try and drop by and update time to time too!


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