Shaili Sathyu

Shaili Sathyu is the Artistic Director of Gillo Repertory Theatre, an organization that specializes in Theatre for Young Audiences. As a...

Taking Theatre To Children: #GilloOnTheGo


If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.

What do you do when you are a theatre group which has solely dedicated itself to making theatre for young audiences, and you realise that far too many children cannot make it to the theatre?

If you are Gillo, you take your theatre to these children. You create plays which can travel easily, you search out interested schools and organisations, you create a tour, you rent a bus, you find the money, and you just go to where these children are. You hold as your creed that arts and culture are a fundamental right, and that children - all children - must have this access, and you do whatever it takes to take theatre to them.

We are delighted to invite Shaili Sathyu - artist, traveller, erstwhile baker - and her team members from Gillo Repertory Theatre to Mumbai Local, to share with us their annual junoon-driven journey #GilloOnTheGo. We've asked them to tell us why they came up with the idea, how they've made it happen, what the interactions with the children are like, how it affects their theatre and their team - the content, the acting, the actors - and what they've got planned next. (They have a plan! Many plans!).

This is a Mumbai Local session for anyone who understands that when you touch children, you touch the future. Come listen to the wonderful Gillo team, who blend the stars in their eyes with a quintessentially theatre pragmatism, to make dreams come true, repeatedly.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday. Live attendance is best, but if you can't make it - we have live feed for you on our Facebook page.

This session was curated by Sanjna Kapoor.

RSVP for this session begins on Monday 25 March 2019.

Shaili Sathyu is the Artistic Director of Gillo Repertory Theatre, an organization that specializes in Theatre for Young Audiences. As a writer-director her plays include, Kyun-KyunLadki (2011), Mister Jeejeebhoy and the Birds (2013), She-He-Shey (2013) among others. Chidiya, Udd! (2018) is her latest play, especially created for toddlers. This play premiered at Visioni 2018, the International Festival of Theatre and Culture for Early Years, hosted by La Baracca in Bologna, Italy.

Since 2003, she has conducted theatre workshops for children and teachers across India. Her recent projects include Rage Productions' 'Class Act' collaboration with Traverse Theatre (Scotland), where she was the Indian mentor for a playwriting workshop for high school students, and Junoon's 'Arts at Play for Schools', where she was one of the programme designers.

She is a recipient of the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from the Sangeet Natak Akademi and the 'Young Turk of Theatre in Mumbai' award from Rage Productions. Currently she is the Honorary Secretary of ASSITEJ India chapter (The International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People).

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