Class Act - Mumbai
Mumbai Edinburgh! Our flagship education project, Class
Act, heads to India…
Introducing young people to the theatre and supporting them to
become theatre-makers lies at the heart of the Traverse Theatre's
Creative Learning activities, with our long-running education
project, Class Act, turning secondary school pupils from
diverse backgrounds across Edinburgh into playwrights since 1991.
In its time it has worked with a total of 80 schools, birthed 1601
young playwrights, and produced 881 new plays.
Now successfully running in Russia and the Ukraine, in January
2018 we're thrilled to be taking the project the furthest it has
ever been - Mumbai, India - opening the eyes and minds of even more
young people to playwriting and creating theatre, as well as
promoting cultural collaboration and continuing to advocate far and
wide for access to the arts for all.
Partnering with the Mumbai-based RAGE Productions, artists
Nicola McCartney, Stef Smith and Emma Callander will travel to
Mumbai to collaborate with playwright mentors Irawati Karnik, Akash
Mohimen, Shaili Sathyu and Karishma Attari, and directors Anahita
Uberoi, Sheena Khalid and Dhanendra Kawade.
They will work together to turn a group of 15-18 year-old school
students from the city into playwrights, mentoring a total of 64
students from diverse backgrounds and levels of education. The
Indian artists will work under the Traverse artists, gaining
knowledge of the project with the intention of future independent
delivery from RAGE Productions.
Over the course of two weeks, the students will take part in
playwright-led workshops and script development sessions -
creating, developing, rehearsing and producing plays which speak to
the world they live in, whilst being listened to, respected and
supported as artists. Their work will then be performed by
professional actors before a live audience on 23 and 24 January, at
Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai.
Sunniva Ramsay, Traverse Theatre's Creative Producer (Learning)
'For the past 26 years, Class
Act has motivated young people from Scotland, Russia and the
Ukraine to explore their creative voices through creating brand new
plays. Not only do these young writers create plays, but also
provocations, inspiring Traverse playwrights, directors and actors
with their creativity and unique perceptions of the
world. Working with young people from across Mumbai will be an
exciting and enriching experience and we're delighted to be working
with RAGE Productions to find out what the young people of Mumbai
want to say, right now.'
Class Act Mumbai is part of the British Council's
UK/India 2017 Season and is supported by the British Council,
Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government.
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