Tanuj Khosla, an accomplished poet, playwright, lyricist and writer, has racked up yet another impressive achievement after the English short play he wrote was shortlisted for a major festival in Sydney.
There are 327 scripts on this year's shortlist chosen from over 550 entries received to date from 11 countries for Sydney's Short+Sweet Festival 2019. Tanuj's play the only one from Singapore and one of only three selections from India.
Short+Sweet will be held from February 4-April 15, 2019. The biggest little play festival in the world is now entering its 18th year in its hometown of Sydney. It will be returning once again with a smorgasbord of 10-minute plays, with hundreds of talented actors, writers and directors showing off their skills and bringing you a wonderful season of short theatre.
‘Love at 35,000’ feet is Tanuj's first short English play and most of the action takes place between three strangers, two men and a woman, sitting next to each other in an airborne plane.
Talking about his inspiration, Tanuj said, "I actually wrote this play on my return flight from London to Singapore after an exhausting business trip earlier this year! I relaxed with a couple of glasses of red wine and took out my laptop to try and write a new uplifting song. However, I guess the dim lighting and wine connived to take my thoughts in a completely different direction."
"I personally think that an amalgamation of 10-12 short plays in a show is the future of theatre as the audience gets to experience a buffet of emotions in 100-120 minutes. I feel really proud to be one of three Indian citizens in the shortlist and sincerely hope that we see more names from the country in it in the years to come," Tanuj said.
Tanuj will also be a part of the third edition of Dastak, Singapore's largest Hindi theatre festival, at the Goodman Arts Centre from November 15 to 18, 2018. It will feature 10 short plays of 10 minutes each, as well as a host of fringe activities to engage the audiences..