Education - Arts - Media - Gillo is a Mumbai based organisation working exclusively for children and young people. Our aim is to make childhood fun, yet enriching and memorable.
Currently our Theatre Repertory offers a range of activities that engage children and young people with theatre and the allied arts.
A charming little tale about a little
mouse and an even littler elf.
1 hr (no interval)
aur Parizaad is a story about a little mouse and a parizaad (elf). The play is
based on two stories by Begum Qudsia Zaidi, published in the 1950s.
do you make friends with someone who is most unlike you? Getting to know this
new person can be funny and strange, all at the same time. The parizaad shares
his stories from across the universe and takes Gulabo on a wonderful, magical
become friends, they play and party together and finally part ways. This is a
charming tale of a friendship that lasts a few moments, but is remembered for a
About Begum Zaidi
Begum Qudsia Zaidi, writer, social
worker and theatre practitioner, is best remembered for her pioneering role in
establishing the Hindustani Theatre in Delhi in the 1950s. But Begum Zaidi's
first love was writing for children. She was very fond of illustrated stories.
During her days in Rampur she wrote and translated a number of books for
children and this interest was to continue all her life. In Delhi she became an
active part of Shankar's Weekly Children's Art Competitions and Book Trust. She
was encouraged to continue writing children’s stories and plays in Urdu by
Dr.Zakir Hussain, an eminent educationist who later became the President of
India. ‘Chacha Chakkan ke draamey’ is one of her most loved and performed
series of plays for children. Among her stories, 'Gandhi Baba ki Kahani' and
'Gulabo chuhiya aur gubbare' have been most popular and still in print.
Theatre Repertory works exclusively in Theatre for Young Audiences, which
includes content development, performance and training. Our focus is on
developing and showcasing original Indian content; developing value for
performing arts; creating age-specific performances; training performers and
making theatre more accessible to children.
have a group of adult performers who stage short and full length plays for
children of different age groups. Our current productions include Kyun-Kyun
Ladki Hanuman Ki Ramayan, Taoos Chaman Ki Myna, She-He-Shey and other short
plays. Though created for younger audiences, many of our productions equally
appeal to adult and as a result we are now regularly invited to perform at
theatre festivals across India.
workshops for children, teachers and parents are an important part of our
effort to engage children and their community with the theatre arts.