Theatre Wallay started off in 2005 as a small amateur theatre group attached to the Alliance Francaise d’Islamabad. This volunteer group started experimenting with script writing and performance, and was soon producing two successful plays a year, and playing to fairly large audiences.
The founding members of the group had long associations with theatre before they came together and decided to establish Theatre Wallay. The name of the group dates from 2011, when the group decided to register itself as a company following the success of “Tartuffe”. Theatre Wallay is now an independent, registered company. It has performed many notable plays from international literature including No Exit (English), Our Husband Has Gone Mad (English), Tartuffe (French play in Urdu), The Lesson (English), Waiting for Godot (Urdu), and The Good Doctor (English).
Theare Wallay has not ignored children for whom there is very little entertainment. In spite of tens of TV channels, Pakistani children do not have a channel dedicated to children. Similarly, we have not come across any regular theater group that caters to children. Theatre Wallay has prepared plays specially for children – Bachay Hamaray Ehd Ke (Urdu) and The BFG (English) were staged in May this year.
TW has been organizing training sessions of various lengths (2 days, 3 days, and 5 days) for newbies. So far, its members have conducted training sessions at GIK University, Lahore College for Women University, COMSATS, NUML, NUST and School of International Law.
Sham-e-Sukhan has become a regular feature of Theatre Wallay. It is held in the spring every year. Members of Theatre Wallay read excerpts from renowned literary writers. The Reading/Recitation Sessions have become quite popular with the audiences, and TW team has been invited by many organizations to conduct such sessions at their special events.
Theater Wallay Team’s perseverance has paid back and the team has grown