Antim Path is a forum theatre production of ICST Nepal conducted in association with SOS Children’s Village Nepal. The play focuses on raising the awareness level of children, SOS co-workers and community members regarding Emergency Preparedness. The crux of the theatre play is how students and teachers can involve in the emergency preparedness in their schools while the community members make sure their houses and the communities are safe for them to live in.
Many major and minor problems in the community are addressed in Antim Path such as emergency preparedness during natural calamities like earthquake, flood, lightening, and the risks to people’s lives due to their carelessness at homes, like leaving the electric heaters and other appliances on. The forum theatre production focuses on extracting solutions from within the community hence Antim Path tries to bring out ideas from school children, teachers and community members on keeping themselves safe and also preparing themselves for any unexpected emergencies.
ICST Nepal carried out 16 performances of Antim Path in 9 towns spread from the far-east to the far-west end of Nepal: Itahari, Bhairahawa, Surkhet, Dhangadi, Bharatpur, Pokhara, Banepa, Sano Thimi, Jorpati. There were six actors and a joker/facilitator. A joker/facilitator facilitated the forum session for the intervention process. The audience was as expected and they were very encouraging and supporting. The team enjoyed performing the plays in different destinations and we believe that we touched lives of unaware people and also strongly believe that through the play we were able to initiate behavioral change in the community people.
It was an immense learning experience for the team and we quite enjoyed the whole project period. It was the well coordination of SOS Children’s Villages’ team that made this journey easier and impactful with the presence of huge number of crowds as audience.