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Puppeteer and director

Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 24 Nov 2019


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Suitable for ages 6 and above.

The play will be complemented by a workshop by Daily Dump suitable for ages 6 to 12

About the play:

In a not so far-away land, a plant sighting is a rare and exciting event. Pao, a 7-year old boy, and his cat, Bruce Lee, have befriended this plant. They must now protect it if they want to save the world. From sinister scientists to grumbling goons, every powerful grown-up in the city seems to be after the plant. Will Pao and Bruce Lee win the war against the scary adults?

In the middle of this adventure and chaos he comes across the lost forest, the real home of the plant, hidden and thus safe from humans. A paradise that must be protected at all costs. Even if the job is too much for a seven-year-old.

Directed by Anurupa Roy

Puppets by  Md Shameem

Performed by Medha Agrawal, Rency Philip, Shreekanth and Shrunga BV.

Illustrations by: Pratyangira Kashyap

Sound Design:  Nikhil Tchoky

Lighting Design:  Bharavi

Production Manager: Shruti Rao

Set Execution: Satish Kumar, Monish, Shruti Gopal and Karuna Chandwani

Photographs: Richa Bhavanam

Poster Credit:  Nidhi Mariam Jacob

Produced by Sandbox Collective

Sandbox Collective is a Bangalore-based arts collective and produces and curates performances and arts experiences.

They also work extensively with arts outreach programs for children. Their previous production for children How Cow Now Cow performed over 120 shows shows across the country.

In association with Daily Dump

Kids are often taught that waste is “dirty” and that it needs to be thrown “away” from our homes. But what exactly does “away” mean? Where does all the waste go? And instead of throwing it “away”, is there a better way it can be handled?

Following the play, Daily Dump will conduct a workshop on segregation and composting in two parts:

For the wet waste: about compost & worms
The main objective of this workshop is to teach kids that when handled properly, waste can be fun. It makes them see that there is a whole world of interesting bugs and creatures that help the environment. It makes them aware not all the worms are harmful and need not be feared and killed. And teaches them about the circular way nature works as against the linear way man-made things work. It teaches them more about composting – the process, the organisms involved, how important it is for the soil and the plants, and how easy it is for all of us to compost at home! It also encourages sensorial exploration by the children – they get to see, touch, smell, and play with compost and worms – and we have found that they learn best this way.

Segregation of waste
The different kinds of materials used in everyday life. Dry waste
Kids feel that once the segregation of wet and dry waste is done and sent away, it can be “recyled” This exercise is to make them understand that there are different kinds of dry waste which need to be separated and handed over to different people so that it can be recyled or handled safely and scientifically. This is an excellent opportunity to make them realize that they can make a difference to the environment by making informed choices ever without the help of any adults. From our previous workshops, we have seen that the kids feel empowered and are very eager to make changes in their choices.



Anurupa Roy

Puppeteer and director

Anurupa Roy is one of India’s best known puppeteers. She heads KatKatha Puppet Arts Trust based in New Delhi. Roy’s productions have toured Europe, South Asia, Japan, and elsewhere across the world. She has won the Asia Pacific Performing Arts Fellowship in 2004, Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar in 2007, a grant from India Foundation for the Arts in 2010, and many other prestigious accolades from global arts institutions including the Shankar Nag Theatre award conferred by Ranga Shankara. Roy’s works often have a social angle as she uses puppetry to raise awareness about issues that concern us in today’s day and climate.