GROWING UP by Third Space Collective & Neel Sengupta
For Ages 13 and above
Duration of the piece: 70 minutes, followed by a 20 minute discussion
Growing Up is a digital theatre performance suitable for children ages 13 and above.
Growing Up is a series of moving images capturing the lives of four Indian teenagers trying to cope with the world around and within during a global pandemic. Derived from real life conversations and testimonies, this devised, non verbal Video Theatre navigates these four lives through a collection of fleeting moments; of the banal and the tragic, of the mundane and the chaotic, as they seek refuge in/from their own homes.
Cast: Adeebah Qureshi - Saumya Jakhmola; Raghav Mittal - Shivam Khurana;
Sarang Renukumar - Adithyan S; Sonali Dubey - Urbi Pal
Rajan - Rohan Tongaria
Adeebah's sister - Prashasti Jakhmola
Adithyan S, Saumya Jakhmola, Shivam Khurana, Urbi Pal, Neel Sengupta,
Ratana Sambhav, Sushant Nagpal, and Vinayak Birla
Hardik Srivastava, Prashasti Jakhmola, and Sreeja Mukherjee
'Gol Gol Dabba' composed by Saumya Jakhmola and written by Naveen Sharma, Saumya Jakhmola and Sushant Nagpal
'Waves' composed and performed by Theophilus Benjamin
Teenager Consultants: Dhrupad Varambally, Talin Dutta, and Tishya Jain
Mental Health Consultants: Aditi Kumar and Nooraa Sinha
Sound Design: Shobhit Bhatia
Videography (Editing and Framing Consultation): Ratana Sambhav
Animation: Nayanika Chatterjee
Additional Voices by(In order of appearance):
Nanikutti P, Ajay Khurana, Sudesh Khurana, Ujwal, Mebin, Adhil, Ansaf, Nayan, Naveen Sharma, Gouri Pal, Yogendra, Prashasti Jakhmola, Gaurika Bhatt, Ratana Sambhav, Hardik Srivastava, Tishya Jain, Vinayak Birla, Dhwani Vij, Abhishek Basak, Anannya Tripathyi, Neel Sengupta, Nooraa Sinha, Sushant Nagpal, Nived P S
Production Manager and Documentation: Vinayak Birla
Assistant Direction: Sushant Nagpal and Vinayak Birla
Conceptualization: Anannya Tripathyi, Neel Sengupta, and Sushant Nagpal
Executive Producer (For Third Space Collective): Anannya Tripathyi
Direction: Neel Sengupta
Supported by the ThinkArts Grant 2021
Third Space Collective is a group of theatre practitioners and educators who aim to create contemporary and experimental work in and about the times we live in. The last 7 years have seen the collective produce a series of productions and create solid groundwork to take theatre to the communities that make up the city.
Neel Sengupta is a director, actor, and educator living in Delhi. He is the recipient of the Tendulkar-Dubey Fellowship 2019 for Excellence in Theatre and has been creating work in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Neel has headed the content and curriculum of the entire arts programs in Delhi schools, and has since been associated with several schools across Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Pune as faculty as well as to develop arts programmes for them. His play 'Raavan Aaya' (based on Sukumar Ray's 'Lakhoner Shaktishel') used mythological tropes to start conversations around government systems, power, and corruption, and was performed in 40 schools across the country.
Neel is part of the theatre faculty at Shiv Nadar School, Noida, responsible for the curriculum development of the Integrated Arts Program at the Middle and Senior School level.