Art is the best way to change the world because it’s fun. And one small step in this direction is the ‘Girl! Get Onstage!’ workshop being conducted at Open Space by local theatremaker Hina Siddiqui. This is a first of its kind theatre workshop in the city for girls, women and female-identified people and the point of the workshop is simple – more women need to be up onstage and there need to be more meaningful roles for women to play onstage. Recent studies show that up to 70% of onstage and rehearsal time is invested in male actors – it’s time to even that equation out and training the girls of Pune to get up on stage is first step towards onstage equality.
Theatre is a multi-faceted craft and one cannot simply train superficially for the stage. Theatre is made through the sharing of personal stories and experiences and translating them in to performance. As such, this workshop hopes not just to train participants in voice, movement and acting but also to create space for dialogue and catharsis. Through physical work, story-building, character-making and core theatre exercises of devising and improvising, the aim is to create meaningful content for a small public showcase at the end of the workshop.
The workshop is open to girls and women over 16 years of age including female-identified people, inclusive of transwomen. No background in theatre is necessary but an interest in the same is welcome.
4 weekends with 4 hours each day
7th + 8th September
14th + 15th September
21st+ 22nd September
Saturdays: 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sundays: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Open Space: B1, Hermes Vishal, Lane 7, Koregaon Park, Pune 411001.
Neha at 9922988088 between 11 am and 5 pm for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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About the Trainer:
Hina Siddiqui creates drama, mostly with ‘Orchestrated Q’Works’, a theatre company with avid interests in the absurd and the experimental, which she helped start in 2007. In 2009, she was the only Indian playwright writing in English at the Eighth International Women Playwright’s Conference held in Mumbai. Since then, she has gone on to represent India at the Contacting the World Theatre Forum in Manchester and to be featured in the Key City Theatre’s International Playwrights line-up in Washington. Closer to home, she teaches drama to children and young adults. In 2012, she was named one of Pune city’s four upcoming theatre-makers by the Sakaal Times. Her special skills include challenging the patriarchy, questioning traditional belief systems and making one heck of an omelet. Her last play ‘White Noise’ was notoriously acclaimed, almost to the point of being stopped on stage by the moral police. But as compensation, it was invited to the Delhi based ACT festival, to the Bela Theatre festival in the same city, to the prestigious Kala Ghoda festival in Mumbai and now to the Bordersongs Festival in Kolkata.