WADALA, JANUARY 11, 2011: On January 10 at 6:30 pm, a theatre workshop was organized for the shelter boys by Dr. Shanbhang in collaboration with Mr. Marc Weinblatt. It was indeed the initiative and greatness of Dr. Shanbhang who brought Mr. Marc to Shelter.
Mr. Marc Weinblatt is the founder of Mandala centre for change, an international hub for the training and grassroots practice of theatre of the oppressed in U.S. He has also worked with diverse communities ranging from police to homeless youth.
It was more of practical than of theory. The whole workshop was interactive full of fun and frolic through creative games. Games really brought rhythm to the workshop. Mr. Marc challenged the boys, but also gave eureka moments. Exercises to promote greater sensitivity, understanding and compassion in human interactions were performed. He taught the boys how to employ insights to generate multiple options to address difficult social issues. The concept of ‘leader and follower’ was also dealt elaborately. Each exercise and a game had a unique message for life.