The Little Art (TLA) has been exploring various art forms for creating a culture of learning, development and social values amongst children and youth in Pakistan for eight years.
The organization believes that the theatre, among all art forms, is the most direct human form of expression which impacts greatly not only individuals but the communities as well.
After years of working with students and teachers on the importance of drama and performance in education, the TLA has for the first time produced a theatre play specially written and performed for the children. The newly-established theatre programme Tamasha-Theatre for young audience presented a 45-minute play “Gogi and Jugnu Ka Tamasha”, which was a story about a 10-year-old girl who is a bored child and encounters a mysterious friend with whom she goes on a journey of imagination.
The performance was held recently at the Ali Auditorium hall which remained full with audience on all days as curious children watched the colourful performance along with their parents. Nearly 1,500 people attended the show in three days. The production was approached with contemporary techniques of video projections and movements along with a theme around the experience of cinema.
The idea behind the play was to change the culture where the adults can perform both for adults and the children as well. Two adults, Uzma Ali as Gogi and Umair Mushtaq as Jugnu, performed the roles of 10-year-old children.
The play was conceptualized by Shoaib Iqbal, founder of The Little Art. It was based on his childhood experience of visiting a cinema for the first time. The play was written by Imran Mushter Nafees and Hashim Nasir.
There was an overwhelming and interactive response from the children who continued shrieking with laughter during the performance. They were awed by video projections that looked like something out of a fantasy.
Published in Dawn