Rahul Tewari

Rahul Tewari is a theatre and camera actor based in Mumbai. Since graduating from Ramjas College, Delhi University in 2012, he has been a part of some of the highly appreciated & award-winning theatre productions and recently acted in the musical adaptation of Monsoon Wedding, directed by the internationally acclaimed director Mira Nair. He is perhaps best known for his role in the national award-winning Bollywood film 'Badhaai Ho' and is currently working as an associate director to Atul Kumar of The Company Theatre, Mumbai on his latest production, an adaptation of Harold Pinter’s Mountain Language.

Rahul has worked as a theatre educator and facilitator for more than 6 years, working with schools and colleges, and has experience facilitating theatre workshops with children of all age groups. He has also directed many annual productions with schools and a street play with the kids of Rangpuri Pahadi slum area as part of Delhi based NGO Be Artsy’s art-based outreach programme.

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Stories in a Box - Young Learners

NOTE: Keeping in mind the school timings for children, the time slots for this workshop have been adjusted. Please take a look in the respective descriptions.

Theatre is not just a tool of performance but also of exploration, development, collaboration and learning. It is possibly one of the most inclusive art forms there is. Exposing children to theatre helps develop their sensitivities and creativity and allows them to make magic in an unhindered and safe environment.

 
Ages 6 to 10

With the primary age group, everything is at its beginning. Their journey of exploration is only just starting and the possibilities are boundless. With kids of this age group, you never know what is going to come upon the table. They are still getting acquainted with the society and their opinions are not fully formed yet.

 

Hence when you hop onto their train of explorations, magic happens. They have no biases, so their capacity to learn and collaborate is endless. Working with this age group also comes with its set of responsibilities; one has to make sure it’s not merely a give and take relationship but a collaborative partnership because honestly, we learn from children more than they learn from us. What we aim to achieve is to harness and channelize their imagination in the direction of infinite possibilities.

Workshop Details:

6 July to 17 July + one day for performances and sharing (parents invited)

Mon - Fri  

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

90-minute sessions for two weeks

Rs.4000/- for all sessions

What We'll Learn:

The concepts of Time, Space and Change, and their relationships through tools like observation, bodywork, improvisation, image work, characterisation, interpretation, storytelling, mapping a physical space, soundscaping, among others.

On the very first day of the workshop, the participants will be given a task aimed at enabling their understanding of the relationship between time, space and change, and how each affects the other. The activity would involve the participants choosing a body, an object or a space (e.g the view from their window, a fallen leaf or a house plant, their father’s moustache or beard etc) and observing it over the course of 10 days. They have to document the changes they notice in their chosen item at regular intervals (e.g day 1, 5 and 10) and then present their experience of the activity on the last day in the form of a written piece, a collage, a poem or their preferred form of expression.

Ages 11 to 13

These are children who are in a phase of their lives where they are beginning to become more aware of not just people, information and the society but also of their bodies & their relationships. 

 

This is the age of transformation for them where they are getting more tuned in with their identities. When we open room for exploration, they become better equipped to question things and develop their own opinions.

 

We believe that this is the right age to start many conversations with the kids, about difficult subjects like racism, discrimination, gender as well as conversations around their interests, achievements, wishes and fancies. We understand that such conversations can be overwhelming for children. Therefore introducing theatre tools and activities helps us address these and many other subjects with ease, all the while making it informative, collaborative & free of judgement.

Workshop Details:

6 July to 17 July + one day for performances and sharing (parents invited)

Mon - Fri

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

90-minute sessions for two weeks

Rs.4000/- for all sessions

What We'll Learn:

The concept of People and Spaces through various exercises and tools like bodywork, acting, imaginative and critical thinking, improvisations, working with materials and objects, ensemble work, among others.

The participants, at some point during the workshop, will be asked to develop their version of an ideal space and bodies and elements that inhabit the space. It can be a real, imaginary, fantastical, immediate, distant or mental space. The bodies could be real or imaginary. Once they have developed an idea of their ideal spaces and the characters in it, a crisis will be introduced to them. At the end of the workshop, they will present their chosen space, bodies and the solutions they developed to deal with the crises within the boundaries of their space, in their preferred form of expression.

Ages 14 to 18

These kids are on the verge of becoming adults. They will soon be able to take their own decisions and lead independent lives. The information they consume is more seasoned, and they have become partially aware of their future aspirations. Hence, we believe, we can begin having more important conversations with this group.

 

We aim to not just use theatre as a tool for inculcating life skills but to introduce it as an art form. One where the participants will explore the processes of theatre-making, which includes researching and selection of texts, direction as well as production work, and technical aspects.

 

We hope to imbibe a sense of collaboration and community in the participants, the importance of working in harmony with a team of varied individuals and encouraging them towards assured self-expression.

Workshop Details:

6 July to 17 July + one day for performances and sharing (parents invited)

Mon - Fri

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

90-minute sessions for two weeks

Rs.4000/- for all sessions

What We'll Learn:

The art of theatre-making and its various aspects.

 

Text - What is the importance of Text? What are the various forms of texts? Group reading of classical & contemporary texts, texts from different geographies, about different themes. How relevant are certain texts to our surroundings/concerns? How to re-interpret a text to fit our immediate causes?

 

Genres of Theatre - Understanding and learning about different genres of theatre.

Design & Direction - Understanding of the performance space through the tools of design & direction.

Stage Management/Production - How stage managers/production managers help run a show smoothly and without constraints.

Light, Sound & Costume - How do the light & sound design of the show elevate the presentation, why are they important? What role do costumes have in a play?

All participants will be given a task in the middle of the workshop to either select an existing text or develop their original text and create a performance in their own spaces, keeping in mind all the aspects covered through the workshop. The participants, at some point after the delegation of the task, will also be partnered up with one person and asked to share their ideas and suggestions on the same. Their final performances will be showcased on the last day of the workshop.

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