THE GROUP THEATRE – Film Screening

Type: Event
Location: Auditorium
City: Bangalore
Date: Wed, 2011/09/28 (All day)


Alliance Francaise de Bangalore and BLT are rebuilding the partnership through a new programme in the Theatre. Many activities are planned.


There is a MUST SEE film being screened on Wednesday, an award winning documentary on theGroup Theatre that introduced Stanislavski’s “method” to America, and transformed the character of the American theatre.

It is a remarkable documentary film. Some of the greatest names in the history of the American theatre came out of the Group Theatre movement.

The film is part of the American Masters series and is screened by a special arrangement with the Stella Adler Studio in New York, which has a long term association with Bangalore Little Theatre.



In the summer of 1931, three young idealists, Harold Clurman, Cheryl Crawford and Lee Strasberg, were inspired by a passionate dream of transforming the American theatre. They recruited 28 actors to form a permanent ensemble dedicated to dramatizing the life of their times. They conceived The Group Theatre as a response to what they saw as the old-fashioned light entertainment that dominated the theatre of the late 1920’s.

The Group Theatre was a company based on an ensemble approach to acting. Inspired by the innovative techniques of the Russian master Constantin Stanislavsky, the Group Theatre introduced Method Acting for the first time in American performances.

One of the leading members of the Group, Stella Adler, had an extended apprenticeship in Paris with Stanislavsky, and built a much needed bridge between European and American acting traditions. Later she founded the Stella Adler Studio, from where some of the greatest actors of the contemporary theatre and cinema have emerged.




Q: What was BLT’s very first full production as a public performance in December 1960?


A: It was a Moliere! It was The Prodigious Snob, the Miles Malleson version of The Would-be Gentleman.


Q: Which theatre group in Bangalore was the first cultural partner of Alliance Francaise when it was set up in Bangalore forty years ago?


A: BLT, of course!


As many of BLT’s members and friends might know, we are the oldest cultural partner of Alliance Francaise, supporting them in numerous ways from their very first year in Bangalore.


AF and BLT have recently agreed to collaborate more actively in promoting the dramatic arts at the Bangalore centre. The kick off was at the specially organized tribute to Rabindranath Tagore called Our Own Tagore. Many projects and activities are planned. These will be announced in the very near future. Among them …. an Indo-French theatre festival that will combine a specially designed training programme for young Directors with the production of original adaptations of French plays in the Indian context.


Stay tuned!