This play tackles puberty issues

Get ready for a live theatrical performance about a group of tweens preparing for their journey through adolescence

With safety of young girls being among the biggest concerns today, Growing Up is a play that talks about the issue and deals with the vulnerability that children go through at puberty in a fun and factual way. This musical play is conceptualised by Anju Kishinchandani, and directed by Trishla Patel.

“The play sensitively handles a tricky subject in a matter-of-fact and fun way, aiming to leave the target audience with a very positive attitude towards puberty,” says Anju. The play is for an audience aged nine years and above but it is sure to keep adults riveted. The story also paves the way for parents to open the doors of communication on this subject. “The challenge was to present the information in a way that would be understood and retained by kids. I wanted kids to walk out of the theatre with the right information and a very positive attitude towards the changes brought on by puberty,” adds Anju, who is a certified sex educator and her company Out of the Box is dedicated to sex education for 5 to 18 year olds.

During the course of her work, she realised that there is a major block in communication between parents and children on these sensitive topics. Growing Up was made with the intention of educating kids in a fun, yet informative manner. This frank and funny play shows children how to cope with many physical changes, raging hormones and the emotional trampoline. “My aim is also to have the parents watch the play with kids and help both parties get over the embarrassment about discussing these things. Thus, we added a lot of humour to the play, to make it more palatable,” she says.

The play revolves around a group of tweens who are going through various physical and emotional changes and are confused. Growing Up, the book, can help ease their confusion but the evil frog has cursed Kuku the Clown, who is the hero of the book and thus all pages of the book have turned blank.

A frantic search for the Clown, a strange common dream, their weird teacher Mr Mistry, Cool dadi, Psycho didi and the case of the missing dog all add to the confusion and fun during this journey. “As the characters wrestle with the idea of being normal, they learn to cope with the changes affecting their bodies and minds. The play also beautifully addresses the issue of okay and not okay touch.”

Anju believes that a high exposure to adult content is leading to increased curiosity levels among teens. “Kids turn to the internet for information and the information they get there is very age inappropriate. Thus, addressing this subject is a must.”

When: June 5, 5 pm
Where: Mahatma Phule Sanskrutik Bhavan, Fatima Nagar

Originally published on The Golden Sparrow

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