Catching them young is the idea behind the summer workshop for youngsters aged five to 15 being organised by the local theatre group Abhinay. This month-long workshop (July 31-August 31), initiated by the pioneering theatre company formed in Dubai last year with two play readings ...

By Ilyas Qureshi

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Published: Sat 31 Jul 2004, 2:26 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:47 AM

to its credit, has decided to make good on its promise to take theatre to the younger generation.

The people behind the group believe that art, especially theatre, should be instilled in children at a young age thus kindling a love for theatre and culture. Unlike other art forms, theatre has the capacity to unleash a youngster's creativity in a multi-dimensional way bringing out his/her self-confidence and self-esteem at an early age. "This initial exposure would help kids break down inhibitions and learn to speak and perform in public and be true to oneself," said Poonam Joshi the woman behind the endeavour. "But the most important lesson theatre teaches is empathy. By constantly asking students to embrace characters other than themselves they begin analysing how other people would think."

Encouraged by the response to a similar workshop organised for the Grade IX and X students of Sharjah's Ibn Seena English School, the group decided to venture on this workshop that aims at carrying out the proceedings in a fun way in order to remove the stage fright as observed at the first workshop where the kids opened up and started expressing themselves.

The end goal of the workshop, costing Dh500 for the Monday to Thursday half-day sessions, is to encourage the youngsters to learn to work as a team and to stage their own productions in the future.

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