Sharing and learning at the same time

Agor Drysau Opening Doors Festival is coming soon and all the staff, members and volunteers are working with great excitement and enthusiasm. I am grateful to the Arad Goch and the ASSITEJ for this internship and the opportunity to help in Agor Drysau Opening Doors Festival 2019 which is going to be held from the 16thto the 23rd of March in a very beautiful and historic town of Wales called Aberystwyth. I am here from 27th Feb up-to 24 March for this event. During my stay, I have visited some cultural and historical places and I have the plan to go to see more sites (farms, villages, events) meeting new people and attending events. I am thankful to Arad Goch friends for providing me with all the information I need.

I came here as the creative intern for ASSITEJ. The ASSITEJ Next Generation Programme is committed to engaging young and emerging artists and professional theatre-makers from all over the world who are interested in TYA.  ASSITEJ is dedicated to the artistic, cultural and educational rights of children and young people across the globe and advocates on behalf of all children regardless of nationality, cultural identity, ability, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion. ASSITEJ brings people together to their share knowledge and practices within the field of theatre for children and young people in order to deepen understandings, develop practice, create new opportunities and strengthen the global sector.

I look forward to watching and learning from Arad Goch Theatre Company and the many friends of the company.  I am excited to share my knowledge and experiences here from the work I do in my home country of Nepal. I have experienced in both the film industry and the theatre sector. I was involved in the Nepal International film festival (NIFF) 2012/13, as well as the theatre since 2012. I have extensive experience in both the professional stage and community theatres. I began my drama career as an assistant stage manager for the One World Theatre in Nepal and did many stage performances. As a community performer, I did more than 300 performances with different stories on various themes including mental health, psychosocial support, gender-based violence, child care and trauma, human trafficking, safer reconstruction and alike. These productions were mainly used to give psychological treatment, refreshment, and enjoyment for people in Nepal, who were victimized by the massive Earthquake of 2015.

As a part of being a  festival member in Agor Drysau Opening Doors 2019, I am finding many differences between my work back home and here in Wales due to the cultural and language. Nepal is a small mountainous country, situated between India and China.  The South Asian range is totally influenced by modern technology and likes to follow the ideas of western culture. This generation is very much familiar with the western language, culture, and systems.  Nepal and Nepalese people are not exceptional of this kind of practice. Western World very directly influences Nepalese generation but in real practical working sense, we are not as professional. We are trying to do something positive our work and even working culture is not ready yet for the change. During my overall work in art, theatre sectors, the term intern is rarely used in Nepal.

Here I got a chance to see a run-through performance where I can pay close attention to the lighting and musical styles. This is very different from in Nepal. We are still following traditional theater methods. Even though the theatre sector is a very expressive field, I found the same kind of familiar environment in both Nepal and Wales. At times, I was amazed by my colleague’s language/words and how they behave with each other. It is very nice but not different because our school course books and upbringing are always inspiring us to learn the British language, accent, culture, and lifestyle. I do not want to miss any opportunities here.



words by Sunaina Panthy

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