On the World Theatre Day for Children and Young People (March 20), Popcorn Theatre staged their first play, Amma Cheppina Katha (stories narrated by a mother), at Golden Threshold. The play was presented by the Theatre Outreach Unit of University of Hyderabad, who are trying to enrich Telugu theatre in the state.
The director of the play, Thiruveer, says that this was a perfect day to launch his theatre group as they plan to promote theatre for children in the future. He says, “You will not find many directors in Hyderabad who want to work for children’s theatre so I decided to take an initiative and direct plays for children,” said 25-year old Thiruveer, who is pursuing his M.Phil from Potti Sriramulu Telugu University.
Amma Cheppina Katha was a play based on the book Annadana Phalamu Katha (The results of donating food). The play talks about the reward one gets when he or she donates food to the needy. Children from Rainbow Home, a shelter home for underprivileged, attended the play and were seen enjoying it. After the play when the children were asked for their feedback, Geeta, a seventh standard student pointed out that the cast should have avoided the usage of English words in between, like “thank you” and “address” and the whole play should have been in Telugu alone.