“Communicating to Communities”: Day 2 (23/4/2013)

The second day of the workshop started with the recap of the last days’ programme by Aswathy Ashok. After that, the other students also shared their insights on the last day’s session. The session of the day was basically on Street play. Mr. Johnson and Aneesh Thankappan were the resource persons of the day. Both of them are experienced hands in the area of street play and other theatre skills.

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Mr. Johnson told about the three stages in drama. These three stages differ in its characteristics. The first stage and second stage attract people to the theatres whereas the third stage brings theatre to the people. It addresses the issue of common man. In street play, written script is essential. The street play aims to bring the realities of the society and to make a face to face debate with the people. . The script in a street play is derived out of the team work of the group. He also mentioned about the need of becoming politically committed. The actor who performs in street play should have an attitude of a third person in the public. Emotions should be balanced in street play. We should communicate the idea and realities more than the emotional aspects in the play. street play aims to bring the realities of the society and to make a face to face debate with the people. The script in a street play is derived out of the team work of the group. He also mentioned about the need of becoming politically committed. The actor who performs in street play should have an attitude of a third person in the public. Emotions should be balanced in street play. We should communicate the idea and realities more than the emotional aspects in the play.

Mr. Aneesh Thankappan gave training in the street play.

102_4024 He used several games to give training to the students. Games which used in the session are power passing, single mirror, statue making, structure creation, sound rhythm movement etc. He said that street play is a medium to express one’s opposition to an issue.

Students were divided into four groups and asked to take up any issue and create a sculpture out of it. Another game played is namely sound rhythm movement. This involved production of a sound with the support of rhythm and movement. Then the same game is used to manage the space.  Session had a break at 12 ‘o clock for lunch.

At 1 pm the next session began with mime. Here a group of people communicates the ideas with the support of gestures and their body language. The first group performed about the issue, water scarcity in the context of   the commercialization of a river Chiyago in North India. The second group addressed the Koodamkulam issue. Here the students showed the livelihood of that region and how the issue affected the place. The third group presented the Delhi gang rape. The last group performed the issue of farmer’s suicide. Different techniques like space management and rhythm/sound balancing etc are used in the presentation. The students actively participated in this session.

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The last session of  programme was script writing. For this, 2 groups were formed and were asked to write a script on any issue and perform it. First group selected violence against woman. Their script was based on a family situation. It communicated the issues faced by a mother and her girl child. Second group was presenting the realities of media. They took some channel programmes and showed its real and hidden face. Programme ended by 4.40pm with vote of thanks.


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Report by: Silpa

Edited by: Parvathy

Photos By: Bibin

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One thought on ““Communicating to Communities”: Day 2 (23/4/2013)

  1. Street theatre workshop leaded by “Johnson chetan” and ‘Anish Thankappan’, achieved its objective of revealing the essence the tool.

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