International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ) Pakistan’s International Theatre Residency in Lahore showcased three exciting short plays for children at Kinnaird College for Women (KCW). These plays, named Deadtime, A Colorful Night, and Dun Dun Duna Dun, were the result of the hard work and creative energy of the talented young artists who participated in the residency. The performances of the plays received rounds of applause at KC.
International Theater Workshop for Theater for Young Audience hosted by ASSITEJ Pakistan was celebrated by 15 theater makers from 7 countries in Lahore for 11 days through workshops, exchanges and performance showcases for the public.
The performances were attended by a large number of children, youth and families. Noted guests included Dr Ruksana David, Principal Kinnaird College for Women Lahore, Renowned artist and educationist Shahnawaz Zaidi, Ahmed Bilal and Israr Chishti from College of Art and Design, University of the Punjab.
“We are thrilled to present these three short plays for children and young people,” said the President of ASSITEJ Pakistan, Shoaib Iqbal. “They represent the best of what the Next Generation Theatre Residency has to offer – bold, innovative theatre that pushes boundaries of conventional storytelling for children and young people. We aim to inspire theatre makers to make theatre for children and young people in Pakistan through this program.”
For the 4th time since 2018, ASSITEJ Pakistan is hosting an international theatre workshop in Lahore titled “Next Generation”. The workshop started from 9th February till 18th February while series of workshops from master trainers and mentors like Asghar Nadeem Syed, Ahmad Bilal, Bina Jawwad, Huma Safdar, Mobeen Ejaz, Aamir Nawaz and Shoaib Iqba are the part of the program. Theatre makers from Pakistan, Lithuania, Iceland, Finland, Srilanka, Mexico and USA are part of the residency program.
The program is bringing emerging artists together to share, exchange, learn and present. The program has a showcase of projects and works, discussion sessions, development of collaborative performances and performance showcase. Artist team performed a special performance of three plays at Aangun Center for Learning and Culture also before Kinnaird College.
These three plays showcased the incredible talent and creativity of the young artists who participated in the Next Generation Theatre Residency. Through this program, these artists were given the opportunity to explore new ideas, collaborate with other artists, and hone their skills as theatre makers.