A Class Act
Talented actor and theatre personality LILLETTE DUBEY is heading the Lillette Dubey Theatre Academy for Children at Gera Developments’ first Child Centric Homes – Song of Joy. She speaks to Citadel on connecting with the project in such an interesting manner and more.
sn anyone around and most of us have had an e Serience of beinJ Sart of the theatre world or at least watched it. ome of us are more avid fans of the staJe. Theatre has a way of entertaininJ you and JivinJ you a SersSective line no other. The world of theatre is an addiction. ust asn anyone who has been a Sart of it. Actor illiam afoe made an interestinJ statement Great theatre is about challenJinJ how we thinn and encouraJinJ us to fantasi e about a world we asSire to.’ hat if theatre artists come closer to you so that theatre becomes a Sart of your children’s learninJ e Serience That can haSSen if you are stayinJ in onJ of oy, Gera eveloSments’ first ChildCentric Homes at Kharadi. Gera eveloSers have inauJurated the Lillette ubey Theatre Academy for Children here, which will be Lillette ubey’s first academy in ,ndia. he had inauJurated it and had also conducted an interactive and fun-filled aJic of Theatre’ wornshoS for children of Gera’s onJ of oy and Greensville. Lillette sSone e clusively on this new SroMect of hers, the Slans she has for them and also the theatre world too.
MAKING A START
hen someone as e Serienced as Lillette ubey connects with an orJanisation to start a theatre academy for children, one is neen to nnow what made her start it. hat were her reasons for connectinJ with Gera eveloSments to start this academy he is very clear in her reasons, “Gera’s ChildCentric Homes is an innovative conceSt that Srovides the best oSSortunities in different disciSlines to nurture the natural talents of children. , am deliJhted that my first Theatre Academy in the country is housed at Gera’s onJ of oy, une. As Sarents, it is essential to e Sose your children to various activities. They may or may not end uS lininJ all of them, but it will helS them nnow where their interest lies. ith so many different academies under one roof and riJht within their buildinJ camSus,
children can explore different activities and pick what they find most exciting to train in.
,t is obvious that a certain amount of planning goes a long way to make running anything easier. or the academy, we assume that illette has chalked out a plan. e Tui her about it and the things that will be offered at this place. She reveals, “ e have concluded our first batch at Gera’s Song of Joy last month and by end of June, we had planned another batch. uring my session with the children, , observed that they are clear about what they want to become, and theatre, in a way, will help them focus, think out of the box, and also support them to think creatively. My academy at Gera’s ChildCentric Homes – Song of Joy will help build confidence, explore and enhance their personality through various kinds of exercises, improvisation, games, focus exercises, warm ups etc. which will help them grow as an individual. rama is not structured, unlike other academies like dance, tennis, music, cricket, etc. ,t’s a creative performing art space. ,n fact, in atch , , would want children to write their own scripts , would want to nudge them to think creatively. e are reassured with the fact that she wants the interested children to fully absorb the nuances of the world of theatre. ,n any case, it needs to be engrained in them naturally.
ny teaching, if put forth rightly, will have an effect on kids. These will be lessons to last a lifetime. performing art like theatre will surely have a great impact on growing kids. e want illette to elaborate more about how theatre can impact the kids. How were her previous experiences in dealing with kids in theatre She is Tuick to reply to this Tuestion, “Having been involved in theatre for over years, , have observed that it grooms children and adults alike into expressive, confident individuals, who are more self aware and more sensitive to the nuances of human interaction and group dynamics. ,t helps them overcome inhibitions, instils self confidence, hones public speaking skills and lays the foundation for them to be better communicators and leaders. ith inTuisitive kids around you and something as creative as theatre, the response must have been great. She agrees on this point. She discloses, “The first batch of the theatre academy at Gera’s Song of Joy concluded a few months back. The first workshop was something , personally conducted in May , and the children, , must say, were exceptionally enthusiastic. ,n one of the activities, the children were asked to share what they’d like to choose as their career and a lot of them came up with unconventional career paths. They were very spontaneous and could pick up relatively complex activities easily. , thoroughly enMoyed myself and look forward to conducting a couple of workshops more with the children at Gera’s Song of Joy. ith such enthusiastic and eager minds around you, one is bound to enMoy the teaching process.
Most have seen illette ubey in plays, television and movies. He name is synonymous with Tuality work and good acting. hen it comes to theatre, she has been associated with Tuality
production work. She has een in the theatre world for Tuite some time. nd she has caused Tuite a few changes in the way people look at theatre when it comes to sending their kids to learn. She prefers to talk a out the growth of theatre as an industry. “The industry has grown enormously over the years and lots of people en oy doing theatre, and even t he audiences have now evolved as t hey t ake more delight in watching live shows and theatre. There’s more and more people doing theatre today and I couldn’t e happier.” s a theatre and movies person with a vast and strong career, she has seen theatre and also movies in India change like no one else. fter all, illette is a stalwart in these fields. She says, “The audience to this day is e posed to a lot of e citing content via the internet. That is why their tastes have changed and they are constantly on the lookout for engaging content. The demands are shifting. That is why new films like Masaan, Newton and Lipstick Under My Burkha are the ones that are now patroni ed in the industry. So, I think this is what is driving a change in the film industry.” In recent times, e cept for her theatre work, we haven’t seen illette in a lot of films or even television. It is as if she is hiding away. e Tui her again regarding this reclusiveness and the reasons for slowing down her work. She honestly reveals, “I find myself very lucky, ecause I have done a wide variety of roles over the period of time. I feel lessed I got to do Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, Kal Ho Na Ho, Baghban
and so many more films. I’m currently shooting a film with Rishi Kapoor and a we series with Darshan Jariwala, I feel e cited a out working on the digital platform, which is a whole new e perience.” e hope this talented actress is seen more for those who love her natural acting style. Talking to stalwarts like illette Du ey is an e perience in itself. ctresses like her who also da le in good theatre production work are a rare occurrence. Something like illette Du ey Theatre cademy for children at Gera Developments’ first ChildCentric Homes Song of Joy is how we get to understand the talent in her.