THEATRE Batch 2018-19!

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Pomegranate’s Experience Theatre!

July 2018- Feb 2019

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!

In 2016 Pomegranate’s student production Antigone 2.0 was in the top 10 theatre picks for the year by the Mumbai Theatre Guide!

Pomegranate shows have been selected and performed at the National Center for the Performing Arts (‘Antigone 24×7’ and Antigone 2.0) 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). Take Me Home, an adaptation of Manto’s Toba Tek Singh at G5A

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.

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:

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.

Gerish Khemani has been working in the theatre in varied capacities since 12 years. He started off his theatre journey in Mumbai as an actor with the theatre group Working Title 2.0 acting in several of its productions like Once Upon A Tiger, Arabian NightsTukra’s Dream and Stage Two Theatre’s Three Short Plays by Ranjit Hoskote. Alongside, he has been working with companies like Theatre Professionals Pvt Ltd and The Pomegranate Workshop as a freelance drama facilitator, using drama as a learning tool to impart both theatre based and life-skills. He has also worked as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Theatre Arts teacher and IB Theatre Arts examiner.

In March 2015, he founded his own theatre group, The Blind and the Elephant, which staged its first production Ripples, a play dealing with questions of teaching and learning, co-written and directed by him, which was performed across the country and drew favourable reviews from critics, practitioners and the general audience.

Gerish is a recipient of the Charles Wallace Scholarship by the British Council to pursue the Devising Theatre and Performance course at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) situated in Berlin where he deepened his artistic and pedagogical journey. He recently completed the second part of the course at LISPA in Berlin.

In August 2017, he was awarded the prestigious Hindu Playwright Award along with his co-writer Akshat Nigam for their play In Search of Dariya Sagar for the new unpublished and unperformed script at the Hindu Theatre Festival 2017.

Neha Singh is a Mumbai based theatre practitioner. She has worked in over fifteen professional theatre productions in Mumbai as an actor, playwright, producer and director. She runs her own theatre production company called ‘Rahi Theatre Company’ and has produced two plays under her banner; ‘Dohri Zindagi’ and ‘Jhalkari’.

Neha is a children’s author and has written five books for children so far. ‘The Wednesday Bazaar’ and ‘Bela misses her train’ with Karadi Tales, ‘Moongphali’ for Rupa and Co., ‘Its playtime’ for Pratham’s Storyweaver and her latest offering ‘I need to pee’ with Puffin, India. She contributes poems and stories in Hindi to Bhopal based children’s magazines Chakmak and Pluto. She conducts sessions around her books with children across India, in literature festivals, theatre festivals and also as part of outreach programs.

Neha is a women’s rights activist and spearheads a movement called ‘Why loiter?’, which aims at reclaiming public spaces for women, and is currently in its fourth year since conception.

Her other interests include filmmaking, Indian classical music and Kalaripayattu.

Course dates are 14th July 2018- 23rd Feb 2019

Final performance on Sunday 24th Feb, venue to be communicated

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


3rd November & 10th November (Diwali), 26th January (Republic Day), 22nd & 29th December (Christmas)

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- 5, 12, 19th

Feb – 2, 9, 16, 23rd, will be as follows:

Ages 8-11 (10 am to 12 30 pm)

Ages 11-15 (1 pm-4pm)

Rehearsal timings on

Feb- 18, 20 for Ages 11-15 will 4:30 to 7:30

Feb- 19, 21 for Ages 8-11 will be 4:30 to 7:30

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

Course Fee: First instalment Rs 25000 from July to November and second instalment (costs towards the show) Rs 8000 from December to Feb to be paid in the first week of December (the fee includes all material costs for the course as well as set elements, props and final performance and venue costs)

To register please fill this form -

Or reply to Ruchika on this email with your full name, mobile number and address. Kindly state your planned mode of fee payment in the email. If you wish to make a bank transfer, kindly request for our account details in your email.

Registrations will be confirmed on payment.

Payment could be by cash (at our office address given below), cheque courier (details below) or bank transfer (account details will be provided on request)

Note: Cheques may be made out to ‘Pomegranate Eduworkshop Pvt. Ltd.‘. Cash Payments can be made from 11 am – 4 pm, Monday – Saturday at the Pomegranate office. Cheques can be couriered across to the office.

Our address is:

The Pomegranate Workshop

Gr. Flr, ‘Kalpana’

Plot no. 14, Marubai Mandir Marg,

Next to Don Bosco School

Matunga (East) – 400 019

For further details please contact Ruchika on 8605286418

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