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Saturday , September 8 , 2012
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Perfect stage for literacy

What: TreeHat presents Child’s Play, in association with The Telegraph. The three-week theatre and literacy workshop for children will see around 100 students from five schools script and enact plays.

When: The project kicks off on September 8, World Literacy Day, and the workshops commence from September 10.

Where: The workshops will be held at the participating schools. The final show will be at Kalakunj on September 30.

The participants: The programme is specially aimed at underprivileged children. The participating schools are mostly NGOs or non-profit organisations — Ek Tara and Saket Public School in Topsia, Stars School in Tangra, Indira Academy on Elliot Road and Jyotirmai Vidya Mandir in Garcha.

The teachers: Young professionals from theatre groups such as Lok, Hypokrites and M.A.D. will be the facilitators.

Brain behind the project: Child’s Play is the brainchild of Yash Saraf, a member of TreeHat Theatre Productions, founded by a group of young enthusiasts who have worked in several theatre productions, short films and television programmes in Philadelphia, New York, Mumbai, Delhi and Calcutta.

Saraf, along with Sumit Lai Roy, founder of Red Curtain Theatre Productions, have designed the workshop module.

“Our main objective is to strengthen the written and spoken English skills of students through various drama and performing art-related exercises,” said Yash, an ex-student of La Martiniere for Boys.

The workshop module: The workshops are free and divided into three phases. Phase I is aimed at making children comfortable in expressing themselves in English. Phase II encourages them to read popular literature and write their own stories. The final phase focuses on theatre that aims to give life to the script written by the children.