The grown up act

A new play, titled Growing Up, addresses issues of puberty and the various changes it brings in teenagers

With children’s safety being one of the most significant concerns in the country today, a play that talks about familiar, proper and improper touch couldn’t have been more timely. Growing up, a play conceptualised by Anju Kishinchandani, and written and directed by Trishla Patel, is a story that follows a group of tweens on their journey through adolescence.

The cast of the play, Growing Up, at a rehearsal
The cast of the play, Growing Up, at a rehearsal

“Our characters wrestle with the question, ‘Am I normal?’ and they learn to cope with the changes affecting their bodies and minds. The play shows children how to cope with many of the issues of puberty — embarrassing physical changes, raging hormones, the emotional trampoline, behavioural angst and changed relationship with parents,” says Patel.

Growing Up
A poster of the play, Growing Up

“The play is suitable for children, and is not vulgar at all. The cast is between the age group of 16 to 25. We rehearsed the play for a month. There were readings and discussions to gauge how children in the cast responded to various situations and scenes. These topics can be sensitive, and so, we decided to draw the line if the children in the cast felt uncomfortable. In the play, a clown talks about sensitive issues. Children usually associate faster with clowns and toys and books,” she explains.

The play is a musical with live music and singing. The songs are in English and include different styles like Qawwali. “We are also keen to see how people react to the play. We feel parents must watch it with their children and hope that it helps in opening up communication channels,” concludes Patel.

Age group: 8 years and above
On: May 23, 4 pm
At: Godrej Dance Theatre, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.
Call: 22824567

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