11th Edition of Hyderabad Children’s Theatre Festival

The HCTF team has been hard at work, preparing to welcome children to theatrical experiences that will keep us connected and inspired until we can safely enjoy live theatre again.

Begins from 21st November, 2020.

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10 Years of Theatre for Children
and counting…

Take a sneak peek into our previous years of this joyful festival where we brought diverse and world class theatre for the children of Hyderabad.

Our Collaborators

We are thrilled to be one of the grantees of the Connections Through Culture Programme by The British Council.

This grant, in collaboration with Theatr Iolo, Wales has given us the opportunity to create quality children theatre from Hyderabad.

Three of our local practitioners from Hyderabad are being mentored by Lee Lyford, Artistic Director, Theatre Iolo, Wales and are creating three exciting productions for children’s based on three different themes.

Lee Lyford
Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Theatre Iolo

Lee Lyford
Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Theatre Iolo

Our Local Theatre Practitioners

Surabhi Santosh
Bambula BaburaoA play about ‘Courage’

Courage

Surabhi Santosh
Bambula BaburaoA play about ‘Courage’
Shayontoni Ghosh
StoneHeartA play about ‘Creation Myths’

Creation Myths

Shayontoni Ghosh
StoneHeartA play about ‘Creation Myths’
Pallavi Verma
Bubwebs AwayA play about ‘Being Different’

Being Different

Pallavi Verma
Bubwebs AwayA play about ‘Being Different’

While we await these debutant Premieres

get ready for

HCTF’s first foray into the digital platform

To explore this new medium, HCTF has reached out to veteran practitioners in children’s theatre who are currently creating unique theatrical experiences, based on our three themes of ‘Courage’, ‘Creation Myths’ and ‘Being Different’. 

Event Schedule

Hyderabad Children’s Theatre Festival 2020.

Directed by Shaili Sathyu

Inspired by Bijal Vachharajani’s ‘The Seed Savers’, published by Pratham Books Adaptation
Produced by Gillo Repertory Theatre

Language: English
Age: 8+
Format: Pre-recorded Performance followed by live Q&A with Creator
Duration: 20 minutes approximately followed by Q&A

‘THE SEED SAVERS' is inspired by a real-life event about a group of women who join hands and courageously overcome a BIG problem they face every year. They are looking for a way to grow seeds that are happy. A journey that is full of challenges; a task that seems impossible; but, also a chance to sow happiness.

Passes at Rs. 250/- per device | Rs. 50/- discount for taking Survey

HCTF

Language: English
Age: Not applicable
Format: Live Interactive Webinar with 8 panellists
Duration: 60 minutes approximately followed by 30-minute Q&A

Over the last few months, we have spent a lot of time reflecting on what theatre people can offer to anyone in times like these, especially when working for Young Audiences. Should one get onboard the online “live” theatre bandwagon? What of the immersiveness, the tactility, and the delicious moments when performers and audiences breathe as one? How do we address the large section of our audience, especially in India, who do not have digital access? Can we find ways to make this virtual experience something of value to children? We have spent plenty of time during the extended lockdowns trying to listen to scientists, theatre makers, parents and educators. It has become clear that we don’t have the answers, so what can we offer our young audiences? Perhaps that there are ways to ask questions.

To help point us in the right direction, we have asked the following people to join us:

Lee Lyford | Artistic Director, Theatr Iolo, Wales
Shaili Sathyu | Artistic Director, Gillo Repertory Theatre, Mumbai
Dhanendra Kawade | Swangvale, Balaghat
Ratnabali Bhattacharjee | Habijabi Productions, Mumbai
Surabhi Santosh | Theatre Practitioner, Hyderabad
Shayontoni Ghosh | Theatre Practitioner, Hyderabad
Pallavi Verma | Kriti Stories, Hyderabad
Vaishali Bisht | Artistic Director & Co-founder, Hyderabad Children’s Theatre Festival

Written & Directed by Dhanendra Kawade

Produced by Swangvale

Language: Non-verbal, Hinglish
Age: 3+
Format: Live Streamed Performance followed by live Q&A with Creator
Duration: 20 minutes approximately followed by Q&A

'Murgi ya Anda?' Which came first? A Digital Performance which asks all the right questions:
‘Perfection or Action?’
‘Do It or Think It?’
‘Black or White?’
‘Masculine or Feminine?’
‘Human Being or Being Human?'
and many more...
Come join us in this unique venture as we set out to uncover the answers together!

Passes at Rs. 250/- per device | Rs. 50/- discount for taking Survey

Directed by Art Apart

Produced by Art Apart & ThinkArts

Language: English
Age: 5+
Format: Pre-recorded Performance followed by live Q&A with Creator
Duration: 32 minutes followed by Q&A

‘Once Upon a Tide’ is the tale of a family of eight hundred turtles spread all across the world, and their father who turns a hundred years old. To celebrate, these eight hundred siblings embark on a grand adventure to gather together at Velas, on the coast of India. This is their journey! This piece is a celebration of Diego, the real Giant Tortoise from the Galapagos who turned hundred earlier this year. In a breeding program, Diego was responsible for siring a whopping eight hundred offspring in his hundred years, thus reviving this otherwise endangered species.

Passes at Rs. 250/- per device | Rs. 50/- discount for taking Survey

Written & Directed by Ratnabali Bhattacharjee

Produced by Habijabi Productions

Language: English
Age: 8+
Format: Pre-recorded Performance followed by live Q&A with Creator
Duration: 20 minutes approximately followed by Q&A

“Everything is the same. Everything MUST be the same.” This is the law of the strange land we see in ‘Same Same Same Same’, steeped in tradition and culture that must not and cannot be disturbed. Enter Plumber Wala, who’s been called to fix the squirting potty water in the Queen’s commode. He is different – for one, he still has the sense of taste and smell, which no one else in the land has. What is the Queen going to do? What will become of Plumber Wala?

Passes at Rs. 250/- per device | Rs. 50/- discount for taking Survey

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