Settling in the forward rows of the auditorium, our hands clasped in amazement, our mouths wide open in awe – all because of the scene being re – enacted in front of us. The production – the classic tale of Cinderella – though familiar was unfolding in a seemingly unfamiliar fashion – especially due to the backstory of the actors. The actors were not trained artists but were underprivileged children living under the flyovers of Delhi; telling their tales in an attempt to break stereotypes.
Bucket List, a non-profit organisation in New Delhi, hosted the event Tell-a-Tale on Saturday in Chanakyapuri. The event focused on a theatre adaptation of Cinderella, put together by a group of underprivileged children from the areas of Jasola, Nizamuddin and Khadar. Over a 100 guests attended the event, which was in its second edition.
Theatre is one of the mediums that Bucket List uses to work on the psychological, social & physical development of children. The event was designed in a way to allow the kids to be a part of a team, be on the stage, witness the limelight and tell their story to the world. Each year, a popular fairy-tale is adapted into a play which focuses on breaking stereotypes, and encouraging inclusivity. This year, the theatrical production Cinderella! Cinderella! made the audience emphatically laugh, applaud & fluidly rethink on a number of stereotypes with poverty, gender and society as a whole. Bucket List’s idea of breaking stereotypes was evident in their choice of colour on volunteer t-shirts as well – blue for girls & pink for boys.
Apart from the play itself, another highlight of the event was when Rajeev Shukla arrived as the chief guest. Rajeev Shukla is the Chairman, Communication & Coordination Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Member, Press Council of India. He encouraged the strong attempt by the children to come up to the stage to portray the wealth of talent they possess.
Bucket List is a 3-year-old organisation that has been working with street & underprivileged children in areas of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. With a direct outreach of over 400. Bucket List works through mediums of art, sports & storytelling. Their centre is located under the Jasola-Sarita Vihar flyover on Mathura Road.
The Optimist Citizen did a feature on Bucket List India and its immaculately impactful work with children in January 2017. You can read it here to know more about them.
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