theatre

It is said that for theatre to work and to convey a story to its audience, the first thing you need is the wilful suspension of disbelief. Everyone watching knows that the story unfolding in front of their eyes isn’t real. Everybody knows that they are in a large hall somewhere and the stage is filled with “actors”. Yet, once the play begins, as an audience you suspend your disbelief. You buy in to the story and the setting, and if it is skilfully told you are transported completely into another world. 
A scene from a ‘life skills’ workshop held at the Concerned for Working Children (CWC) centre in Kundapura, Mangalore District :
It is amazing that hardly 10-days go by without my meeting someone who has fond memories of my grandparents, Geoffrey and Laura Kendal, and their theatre company, Shakespeareana, that would annually visit schools across the country bringing the magic of Shakespeare, Bernard Shaw and other contemporary playwrights to school and college children. The experience of these performances left an indelible impression on a generation of English school-going children. This was in the 1950’s and ‘60’s.
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” 
~ Philip Pullman
 

Drama, theatre and education...all go hand in hand. 

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” -  Oscar Wilde

The latest issue of Learning Curve focuses on 'arts in school education'. The burthen of the collective message of this issue is: in the life of our children, Art is as essential as any other subject. Art sharpens perceptions of the world around us, it increases awareness and sensitivity. It also enhances human relationships as we discover the similarities of the artistic experience.There is a general recognition of the fact that the word 'art' encapsulates within itself a wealth of meaning, as witness phrases such as the art of writing, of communication, of social and political exchange.

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