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Special children astound audience at NAPA with Iron Man play

Photography by Pyar Ali

Physically-challenged children who were part of the Artabled programme pulled off a spectacular show at the The National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA). Demonstrating remarkable theatrical skills, the children proved to be equally skilled by enacting stellar performances and enlivening the  audience with the story of Iron Man.

The lighting was used to perfection and as was the case, the special children displayed remarkably well-enacted moves to engage the audience in their play. The play was filled with jokes and banter. With the aid of a narrator, the children displayed their moves and the audience was able to follow, as the plot unfolded. A large canvas sheet was illuminated with light and from behind it, expert shadow illustrations were made, so as to entertain the audience.

However, it was the ‘Iron Man’ which had everyone immensely captivated. A robot-like huge structure, manned by a child in a wheelchair, it was something to marvel at. As the play concluded, the audience stood up and gave the whole team a standing ovation. So delighted was the audience that for a moment it seemed that the claps would never cease.

The play began exactly at 7 pm sharp (as promised) to a jampacked audience, with enthusiasts who had come to watch a spectacle, and that is exactly what they got to witness. The children displayed their unique talents for the attendees to see, and there wasn’t a single scene which concluded and the theatre echoed with applause.

The panel discussion soon followed and everyone in attendance was treated to the noble aspirations of Jodi Alissa Bickerton, who was instrumental in orchestrating the whole show. Speaking to the whole issue, it was also one

Speaking to the audience, she explained how it was necessary to make use of art in order to help the disabled achieve things in life. She detailed how difficult it was for people in UK even to do much for disabled and stated that the awareness raised by mainstream artists for Artabled would help do the trick.

In response to a question, she also replied how two among the children who took part in Iron Man were blind themselves. The audience loved every bit of that and applauded. It was also revealed during the panel discussion that it took around 6-7 days to train the team of special children to perform. Hence, with a little amount of more time, more wonders could have been achieved.

The evening then ended, and everyone was all praise for the British Council backed initiative.

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