Stage set for child's play

The story of a Dalit soldier in Rani Lakshmibai's army, a play without dialogue, another one for babies and a Korean saga of a beautiful flower blooming amid dirt - the first edition of Sabhagar Children's Theatre Festival in association with t2 is all about diversity.

By A Staff Reporter in Calcutta
  • Published 12.07.18
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Dandelion Story

What: Sabhagar Children's Theatre Festival in association with t2

• Where: GD Birla Sabhagar

When: July 13-15

Calcutta: The story of a Dalit soldier in Rani Lakshmibai's army, a play without dialogue, another one for babies and a Korean saga of a beautiful flower blooming amid dirt - the first edition of Sabhagar Children's Theatre Festival in association with t2 is all about diversity.

Presented by Centre Stage Creations Pvt Ltd, this one-of-a-kind festival will start on July 13 with Jhalkari by Rahi Theatre, Mumbai. The play directed by Neha Singh is based on a Dalit soldier in the army of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi.

"It is important that children engage in the country's history and get to know that there were women warriors too. The play has a lot of sword and stick fight scenes that can be visually engaging for the young audience," Singh said.

Babies aged six months to two years will get to enjoy a ThinkArts India production on July 14. Cooking Pot, to be showcased in the library, engages babies with simple words, sounds, and a song-and-dance sequence.

Chaal, dal, ranna and khichudi are the only four words used in the play, which is being staged in India for the first time. Cooking Pot will be performed by Pavel Paul and is created under the mentorship of Sarah Argent and Kevin Lewis of Theatre Iolo.

Day II will also see city-based theatre group Jhalapala present Shadow, a non-verbal play about a disgruntled and friendless loner who discovers a new friend, his own shadow.

The grand finale will be a play from South Korea. Modl Theatre's Dandelion Story is an adaptation by JungSuk Kim from JungSaeng Kwon's best-selling children's fairy tale.