Experience Theatre! July 2016- Feb 2017

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Pomegranate’s Experience Theatre!

July 2016- Feb 2017

Registrations are now open for Pomegranate’s extremely popular integrated theatre program with top notch faculty!

Productions from Pomegranate’s earlier Experience Theatre programs now form a repertory of shows that get performed across the city of Mumbai in top venues creating a unique segment of theatre by young adults for young adults!

Pomegranate shows have been selected and performed at the National Center for the Performing Arts (Antigone 24×7) and have been featured multiple times at Sitara Studio (The Wizard of Oz and Rapunzel Retold! ‘Playtime’ and ‘Whats in A Play’?) and the P L Deshpande Academy (The Fall of Zahhak, A Tale from The Shahnameh).

Pomegranate’s highly reputed multi faculty Experience Theatre program focuses on every aspect of theatre : building self awareness, spatial awareness, movement, rhythm, improvisation, mime and clowning,  voice (clarity, projection, inflection, pauses and exercises for cultivating the voice). Body language, gestures, role playing, use of physical space and props underpins the entire program.

Most importantly the participants entirely imagine and script their final production through a unique facilitated process which enables them to adapt a text/build a story from scratch, write dialogue, envisage the entire story and then perform it.

Program Highlights:

Constant creation, the joy of sheer play, expanding the imagination, improvisation, ensemble work, heightened expression through the body, cultivating spatial awareness, developing mutual trust as a team,  working with excerpts from plays, clowning, voice work, collectively creating through different stimuli like painting, poetry and finally, the grand culmination in the form of an adaptation of an existing play or a novel, or building a play from scratch where the ideas and experiences introduced before will be consolidated and newer questions like sound and set design will be encountered to make for a year-long intense experience with theatre.

In addition, observing and appreciating each other’s performances through the year will help cultivate the art of spectatorship and develop a dramatic vocabulary.

Program Faculty includes:
Gerish Khemani: “Words are all I have, the rest is quite expensive”, remarks Gerish, while surveying the world around. Gerish is an M.A (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. He has been determinedly pursuing theatre since 2006. Gerish anchored two year long multi faculty theatre programs for the The Pomegranate Workshop where he got the children to stage an adaptation of the Wizard of Oz, Rapunzel – The Story Retold (ages 9-12 years) and adaptations of the Greek tragedy Antigone and an excerpt from the medieval Persian text – The Shahnameh. These productions have had multiple shows including one at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, where Antigone was selected for staging as part of the Zest Youth initiative. Gerish has also worked on multiple adaptions of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s dream at Pomegranate. Gerish has been involved with Working Title’s ‘Once Upon A Tiger’ and has acted in a number of other productions (Arabian Night, Look Back in Anger, Tukra’s dream, Three Short Plays by Ranjit Hoskote and Kachra Tales). He works closely with students of the IB program in theatre arts. Gerish has also directed children’s productions such as Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie, Charandas Chor by Habib Tanvir, The Wizard of Oz, Sammy: The Word That Broke an Empire for the Shishuvan School. He has also directed street plays for Jai Hind and H.R Colleges forthe inter-collegiate Malhar competition in addition to directing ‘Unveiling’, a play on life and learning, which was performed at the Kala Ghoda festival 2012 among other places.

Puja Sarup has a masters in Theatre Arts from Mumbai University has worked with various theatre companies and directors from all over the world. These include Footsbarn, The Company Theatre, Cinematograph and Arpana. Puja recently completed a program at the Helikos International School of Theatre Creation in Florence, Italy. She specializes in the art of clowning and has been conducting delightful workshops with children, young adults and interested adults in the art of clowning!

Joy Fernandes has over 25 years of theatre experience both internationally as well as nationally. His experience spans across working on stage, in films, on TV, in advertisements, writing a book, conducting workshops, conceiving, designing & directing events, writing ad copy and scripts!
Joy has just completed an extremely well received tour of Merchants of Bollywood directed by Toby Gough across London and Berlin, where he played the principal character of Shantilal Merchant. The production has also toured Australia (Perth) and Singapore and had a 17 city tour of China.
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Time Supple, Joy played the lead character of Nick Bottom and travelled successfully to perform over 250 shows (spanning more than 2 years) in UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Verona and India.
Here is what The Guardian, UK has to say about Joy

‘…And there is a magical moment in the play when the dying Pyramus announces ‘my soul is in the sky’…it is appropriate that the line is spoken by Joy Fernandes’ Bottom, since his performance epitomises the virtues of this production. Fernandes has weight, dignity and the total dedication of the artisan turned actor…’ – Michael Billington, The Guardian, UK.

Course dates are 9th July 2016 to Feb 26th 2017.

Final performance on Sunday 26th February, venue to to be communicated

Classes will be conducted only on Saturdays except in the last week before the performance where an additional class may be scheduled depending on requirement for each batch, please see the schedule below.

Holidays :
13th August (Independence Day long weekend),  29th Oct (Diwali Break), 24th Dec and 31st Dec (Christmas break)

Age Groups: 8-11 years and  11 – 15 years


8-11 years- 10 am – 12 noon

11-15 years- 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Rehearsal timings on Jan- 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and Feb- 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th  will be as follows:

Ages 9-12 (10 am to 12 30 pm)

Ages 12-16 (1 pm-4pm)

Program Venue: PL DESHPANDE ACADEMY (Ravindra Natya Mandir Complex), Behind Siddhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi.

Course Fee: First installment Rs 18000 from July to October  and second installment Rs 7000 from November to Feb (the course fee includes all material costs for the course as well as  set elements, props and final performance costs)

Payment Options: Full Course Payment at the time of admission or two installments as stated above

To register, please reply on this mail id with the child’s name, age, postal address, parent contact number and preferred payment option. Registrations will be confirmed only on payment.

For further details contact: Priya – 9892210539 / Zahra 9820521940

Note: In case of cheque payments, cheques to be issued in the name of Pomegranate Eduworkshop Pvt. Ltd. Cheques can be couriered to us at the following address and in case of cash payments, the timings are 11 am – 4 pm, Monday – Saturday. In case of bank transfer, kindly let us know and we will provide bank account details.

The Pomegranate Workshop,
Ground Floor, Kalpana

Plot 14, Marubai Mandir Marg
Next to Don Bosco School
Matunga East
Mumbai 400 019

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