The weekend is here in the capital and the general consensus is “let’s do something different”. After a few rounds of the table however the options tend to fall into two camps: a new bar or restaurant, or a film that should have never been made.
Dig a little deeper though, because there are little gems that linger in hidden corners of every city, from rock climbing institutes and aerial art studios, to communal co-working spaces where you chance upon like-minded people and professionals. In Delhi, there is now a theatre that’s redefining the world of the performing arts. In an unlikely oasis, just off the main Chattarpur Road, nestled within a high-walled compound, is Oddbird Theatre.
This new performing arts space bridges a glaring gap between proscenium theatres we see in droves across the city or those unbelievably intimate basement spaces you’re only privy to if you’re part of the inner circle. A former warehouse, Oddbird sits tall in Chattarpur’s Dhan Mill Compound, retaining its original high ceiling and open floor plan, but refined with floor-to-ceiling picture windows, a polished wooden bar, a communal attic, and an unorchestrated symmetry with black steel vents and pipes that glide along at angles. Loosely divided into two sections - a staging area and the main performance enclosure - the interior blurs the lines between the sacrosanct backstage meant only for performing artists and a communal space where onlookers gathers, creating a sort of harmony in this collaborative experience.