HYDERABAD: The 8th edition of Hyderabad Children’s Theatre Festival will kick off on Shilpakala Vedika, Madhapur on December 13. This year, the three-day event will feature performances which will address issues that children deal with on an everyday basis including the importance of nature and the environment. The line-up will showcase Sole2Soul Productions and Swangvale Productions from Mumbai and Dolls Theatre from Kolkata. The event was inaugurated on Tuesday by actor Dr Rajasekhar and his director-producer wife Jeevitha Rajasekhar.
Speaking at the launch, Jeevitha urged parents for spending time for their children during their busy schedule. It is a three day event that features troupes from across the country which specialize in theatre addressed to children.The festival will start with the play ‘Keep calm and dance’ directed by Yuki Ellias, and it will be followed by ‘Rang Rangeela Gittu Girgit’ directed by Dhanendra Kawade and ‘Taming of the wild’ directed by Sudip Gupta.
The festival was started at 2010 by Vaishali Bisht, a theatre practitioner who has been working with children for around 18 years now,who gives classes for children through the academic year and summer vacations. “We will hopefully continue our annual festival for the years to come.We are also looking to expand with smaller events through the year but we are yet to figure out a working model for that”, says , Deepthi, co organiser of the festival. Donor passes and season passes are available with the organisers.
Wednesday, December 13
“Keep Calm & Dance” – Sole 2 Soul, Mumbai
English | 60 minutes | 6 years+ Synopsis: With contemporary dance performance elements such as krumping and hip-hop, the play explores the kind of challenges students face on an everyday basis
Playwrights: Nikhil Katara & Yuki Ellias
Director: Yuki Ellias
Thursday, December 14 6.30pm
“Rang Rangeela Gittu Girgit” – Swangvale, Mumbai
Hindi | 65 minutes | 6 years+ Synopsis:Nature has given a wonderful tool to the chameleon - blend in and survive. But what happens when nature itself starts to run out colour?
Playwright: Dhanendra Kawade
Director: Dhanendra Kawade
Friday, December 15 6.30pm
“Taming of the Wild” – Dolls Theatre, Kolkata
Non-verbal | 60 minutes | 6 years+ Synopsis: A canvas on stage with its vibrant puppetry, operatic music and fluorescent expressionism
Playwright: Sudip Gupta
Director: Sudip Gupta