Monday, December 4, 2017

Gillo On The Go - traveling with theatre for children - a short report

Gillo On The Go is an initiative of the Gillo Repertory Theatre, to travel with 
theatre for children. In November 2017 a team of 10 artists travelled across 
eleven places in Karnataka. The 15 day journey covered 2878 kilometres and 
reached 3082 children and adults. Plays, workshops and a mobile library were a part of the project.

Performance of 'Catch That Crocodile!' at Viveka Tribal School, Hosahalli, Saragur
This initiative was supported by 'Friends of Gillo' and undertaken in partnership 
with Dr. Gubbi Veeranna Trust (Gubbi), Untitled Arts Foundation (Bengaluru), 
Avalahalli Residents Group (Avalahalli), Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement 
(Sargur, H D Kote), Shantala Kalavidaru (Chamrajnagar) and Ninasam (Heggodu).


Play: Catch That Crocodile!
children 4 to 10 years (aanganwadi and primary school)
English | 45 min
10 performances with post show interaction
Play: Hanuman Ki Ramayan
children 8 to 16 years (primary and high school)
Hindi | 45 min
6 performances with post show interaction
Play: One To Ten (premiere)
children 8 to 12 years (primary school)
Gibberish | 45 min
3 performances with post show interaction
Creative drama workshops
children 6 to 16 years
storytelling, ensemble work, physical theatre
8 workshops
Teachers’ workshop
school teachers
focus on art in education, performing arts for children
1 workshop
Artists in dialogue
local artists, educators and drama students
sharing work practice, models of TYA in use, challenges, collaboration opportunities
4 sessions
Mobile library
children 6 to 16 years
100 books in Kannada, Hindi and English
8 sessions

Workshop after a show at Govt Lower Primary School, Avalahalli

Library session at Chamrajnagar

To take the magic of live performances to children across the length and breadth of India, through plays and workshops specially created for them.

Benefits for Children
- enabled children in 11 cities/towns/villages to have access to theatre, in their schools and communities
- introduced children to storytelling, ensemble work and physical theatre through creative drama 

Benefits for the Community 
- provided opportunities for 16 schools to either host a performance/workshop or bring students to the theatre.
- enabled venues to host exclusive arts programming for children.
- helped local partners develop and deepen their ties with schools in their vicinity.
- enabled local partners to start their own theatre-based programming for children.

Benefits for Artists
- led to the professional development of the team of ten artists from Gillo.
- enabled artists to understand the impact of their work outside the metro cities.
- provided artists the opportunity to interact with local theatre practitioners and 
educators to share ways of working, contexts and ideas

Workshop at Viveka School of Excellence, Sargur
- introduced TYA to new audiences (many seeing a play for children for the first time)
- planted the seed of building a theatre-watching habit for 3000 children and their 
parents and teachers
- developed a circuit of organisations interested in hosting TYA performances thus creating opportunities for other TYA practitioners
- introduced and demonstrated ideas and modules of ‘Arts in education’ for local schools 
and educators to take up
- demonstrated the feasibility of travelling with theatre for children outside cities and into towns and villages
- reduced the environmental impact of such a project by adopting a Green Charter
Gillo team learning a local dance from senior students at the Viveka Tribal School, Hosahalli, Sargur

Gillo On The Go team
Adhrit Singh, repertory artist
Atul Somkuwar, repertory artist
Barkha Fatnani, repertory artist 
Dhanesh Gopalakrishnan, repertory artist
Janit Temkar, repertory artist
Nishna Mehta, repertory artist
Sriparna Chatterjee, repertory artist
Swati Singh, repertory artist
Shaili Sathyu, Artistic Director 
Tanya Mahajan, Trustee, Gillo Foundation

Gillo team that travelled across Karnataka
(Front: Sriparna, Tanya, Barkha, Adhrit | Back: Shaili, Janit, Dhanesh, Nishna, Atul, Swati)
Dr. Gubbi Veeranna Trust, Gubbi
Avalahalli Residents Group, Avalahalli
Shantala Kalavidaru, Chamrajnagar
Untitled Arts Foundation, Bengaluru
Swami Vivekanand Youth Movement, Sargur, HD Kote
Ninasam, Heggodu


A project by GILLO FOUNDATION’s ‘Gillo Repertory Theatre’

Thursday, October 26, 2017


As we prepare for our #GilloOnTheGo KA 2017 tour, here is a Green Charter that we have shared with each team member.

Our primary aim is to travel to places and share our work through the medium of theatre. But we feel we must be responsible in other areas, especially in the use of resources and waste management. Hence the Green Charter. 

It is important that EVERY team member follows these guidelines, so that we can succeed in our collective mission.

It has been carefully thought out and made with an understanding of how our tour days work. We have tried to follow these all through October, and hopefully we shall continue to do so after we return from the trip as well :)

Main areas of focus:
1. Reduce use of plastic
2. Reduce wastage (use) of water
3. Reduce waste; Recycle where possible; Responsible disposal of waste
4. Responsible purchase of local food with minimal packaging
5. Minimal sound / noise pollution
6. Thoughtful use of material for Display and Decor

1. No plastic plates, spoons, cups, etc. for food
2. Personal mugs for tea
3. Avoiding purchase of things in plastic bags / wrapped in plastic
4. No flex for display 
5. Use of cloth bags for most things (except wet stuff)

1. NO purchase of bottled water
2. All team members to use re-fillable bottles; locally sourced filtered water will be available
3. Minimum use of water while washing plates, etc. [To try the 2 tub method as and when possible]
4. 1 bucket bath once a day ONLY
5. Scheduled washing of clothes (as well as costumes)

1. Dialogue with hosts in advance on waste; disposal with care (incl. personal hygiene products)
2. No wastage of food; food once taken on plate must be finished. If food is left-over after everyone has eaten, to take steps to make the best use of that food. 
3. Avoiding the use of tissue paper / toilet paper (unless there is no water)
4. When discarding waste, wash and dry the waste so it's easy to recycle

Purchase of local food, free from packaging
1. Purchase of local food from local vendors (no purchase from malls and chain stores). E.g. seasonal fruits, local bread, local snacks (could be street food)
2. No soda and sugar based drinks in any form will be purchased
3. No tetrapack based drinks will be purchased (e.g. juice) or sachet based drinks will be purchased (e.g. chaas in a plastic bag)
4. No straws will be used at all. 
5. If you would like to drink something, nimbu pani can be made for the whole team (needs prior scheduling). Similarly, chaas can be made for the entire team with prior scheduling.
6. No purchase of snacks and biscuits in individually wrapped plastic wrappers 
7. If biscuits / snacks are unavoidable, then a scheduled visit to local bakery to purchase the said snack / biscuit. 
8. We will have an emphasis on local food, so even while we are in a larger city/town, and we may schedule a meal together at a restaurant, it will not be KFC, McD, pizza, etc. 

Sound and Noise Pollution
1. Being respectful of hosts and locals; speaking softly individually and as a group
2. No use of speakers for playing personal music (unless the same is a planned session with permission)
3. Being present in the moment while travelling and not plugging out or singing Antakshari in the bus

Display and D├ęcor
1. Made from recycled material available with us already
2. Dismantle-able and re-usable during tour and after
3. Cloth preferred over paper that is preferred over plastic
4. Easy to hang and remove anywhere (on bus, on window, on a tree, etc.)