This. So many so called “children’s” plays are little more that Barney the dinosaur on stage. Children are young, not stupid. Best children’s play I ever saw was a version of Don Quixote at the Alley in Houston. It was simplified but not made stupid. We got letters from kids who could barely write, talking about Don Q and his dreamworld. They totally got it.
Is children’s theatre finally growing up?
(Or in which I finally interview Naseeruddin Shah)
Actor-director Naseeruddin Shah remembers seeing Arms & the Man, George Bernard Shaw’s satire on war and heroism, when he was six years old. “I was lucky enough to be exposed to a lot of theatre early enough in school,” said Shah. “I was studying at St Joseph in Nainital when I think I saw Shakespeareana [Geoffrey and Laura Kendal’s company] performing the play. Of course, I didn’t understand all of it, but I loved the funny bits and it stayed with me. It’s possible that it created my love of English language.” This fortnight, Shah will stage Arms & the Man at Summertime with Prithvi, the Juhu theatre’s annual kids festival.
For years, children’s play producers have been loosely defining their audience as ages three and above. But this year things are set to change. During this season of…
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