Testimonials – The Day Dream


The times that I got a chance to be a part of this amazing workshop, the Day Dream has been able to offer opportunities to gain practical experience in most aspects of theatre. The Day Dream values each individual and helps in carving out a profound foundation for theatre. Aridhi Anderson is a phenomenal director, scriptwriter and a wonderful artist to work with. The activities that take place during the entire build-up is so much fun and helps create the strongest and most positive of bonds between the actors. The breakout time is as much fun. It’s the best ice-breaker for all the actors to get most comfortable with each other. I’m down with my 3rd workshop with the Day Dream, and I couldn’t be more happy. The experience keeps getting better and bigger every single time. The kind of ideas that the director brings to the table and urges each actor to explore its deepest and core elements of each and every actor are just so profound and special. The intensive program is the one to look out for, where each individual is pushed beyond its threshold of vulnerability and the end-result is absolutely magical. There will be a 180-degree shift in the level of confidence from day 1 to the last day. Aridhi makes it easy for any level of actor to bring out their best! It’s a pleasure to work with her. The Day Dream isn’t just a production, it’s family, it’s warmth, it’s full power creative power house!

Tejesh, Weekend Theatre Workshop
New Delhi, September-October 2015
February-March 2016
and January-February 2017

“There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking someone. And knocking out a twelve foot mountain troll is one of them” [J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone]. I’ve done three workshops with Aridhi and The Day Dream Theatre Group and all three of them have been nothing short of a “troll-knocking” experience, with the result that I have come to love the same. Right from the time when it begins till the time we ‘temporarily’ say goodbye, the journey is always full of excitement, challenges, bonding, care, introspection, love, discovery, friendship, anxiety and self-exploration. The best part about the workshops is how they have provided me with the platform for self-exploration. And I am sure everyone who has done this workshop has felt the same. The amazing part is the manner in which Aridhi has structured these workshops. You will enjoy every minute of it and at the same time feel challenged (physically as well as emotionally). And this I think ensures that the feeling of self-discovery never goes away. She makes sure that everyone as an individual and collectively as a group goes through this process of challenging the bodily and psychological (socio-cultural) paradigms that constrain our behaviour. And what emerges in the end can never be anything but “beautiful”. The workshops have given me an opportunity to experience the power of theatre as self-discovering processes. These workshops have become platforms for me to explore myself, my body, and my mind. And that is one exhilarating experience. Other than the theatre, the learning also takes place through the exhaustive interaction that takes place between the participants. This workshop and the previous ones have brought me in touch with so many people coming from diverse socio-cultural and religious backgrounds. I cherish both the diversity that happens in these workshops as well as the learning that happens through this diversity. Aridhi and The Day Dream Theatre Group (or the Day Dream Theatre Cult if I may say) has brought J.K. Rowling’s words to life for me. And I am really, really grateful for that.

Yasir, Weekend Theatre Workshop
New Delhi, February-March 2016
August-September 2016
and January-February 2017

I went in for the workshop just as an experiment, to see if I could perform on stage. I was so sure I couldn’t as I have a bit of a stage fright when it comes to acting. But what was strange was that instead of being nervous, I was absolutely enjoying performing on stage. These workshops have been amazing for me. The environment was warm, fun and inclusive. You could be a clown in there and no one would judge you. In fact it is encouraged to throw caution to the wind and be as stupid and uninhibited as you can. The one most important thing I have taken away from these classes is – “Level Up”. A mantra that still reverberates within me, irrespective of what I am doing. I am glad I took the leap and joined this workshop. Its not just some serious ‘acting classes’ but a place to have fun and grow, in every which way.

Aishwarya, Weekend Theatre Workshop
New Delhi, August-September 2016
and January-February 2017

Scene 1: Year, 2015. I was confused about whether or not to join this theatre workshop started by one of my friends? Work and workshop on theatre didn’t seem to be a good combination to me, so I excused myself from the same. Yes, with regrets!
Scene 2: Year, 2016. The pressure at work had increased over the last year or so. I was unable to make it to the first three days of the workshop. But later, I joined. And in no time, it was show time. The audience loved our performance, all the actors couldn’t thank the brain behind this (Aridhi Anderson) more. The workshop ended.
Between Scene 2 and Scene 3, the main part began. Every day after the show in 2016, I had a wait, the wait for the next workshop with the Day Dream to begin. I have been a theatre lover all throughout my life, I wanted to act but somehow I wasn’t able to. It was a breakthrough moment for me. My friend Anuja played an important part in making me realise what I was losing out by not doing what I want to do. During this period the wait felt longer than it actually was in reality. Then Aridhi announced the next workshop from January to February 2017.
Scene 3: January-February, 2017. The wait was finally over and I was unaware that Aridhi had been planning a new challenge for me. From the comical characters that I played in the last production, I was going to be pushed into an extremely intense role. But the period between the last workshop in 2016 and this one in 2017 consumed four and half months. Things had changed for me by then. My usual happy self was battling depression. Then on 21st January, 2017, I entered a new place of therapy, The Day Dream studio in New Delhi. It would actually not be justified if I call Aridhi and The Day Dream, simply by the names “Director” and “Workshop” respectively. For me, Aridhi became a wonderful friend with whom in the next course of 30 days I would vent and release all my emotions and make her my agony aunt. The Day Dream was my rehab. I cannot explain how good I feel about the entire period from the 21st of January to the 19th of February 2017. It has been an emotional journey with the Day Dream so far. How well I have gained as an actor is something which only Aridhi can say, but I can definitely say that I am a happier person today. I made a pledge during the course of the last workshop, that I am never going to miss a single future workshop to be conducted by The Day Dream in New Delhi, India. There are many more scenes to be written. I am already waiting for Scene 4 to begin in a few months’ time in New Delhi, unless I travel to Melbourne first and jump this scene. With the Day Dream forever!

Chayan, Weekend Theatre Workshop
August-September 2016
January-February 2017

The Day Dream workshop is dangerous, make no mistake about it. Like a friendly person next door it will encourage you to fulfil a decade-old desire to act on stage and then… it will hook you in, and NEVER LET GO! It will sit inside your creative centre months and months after, making you think about how you’d like to do that again, taking you back to the sixth grade English reader with the script that you remember having so much fun with, and fantasize about adapting and writing scripts. You’ve been warned. If you still succumb, be prepared to meet a supportive and fun bunch of fellow-actors, many of whom will be first timers, and workshop in a safe environment with a director who knows how to pull the best performance out of you. The studio always accommodates anyone who wants to ‘level up’ their performance and with a director that committed to the process and you, personally, you really have the makings of a long-term addiction.

Koyel, Weekend Theatre Workshop
New Delhi, February-March 2016

Aridhi is the best director a beginner like me could hope for. Her workshop is the most amazing experience. I would look forward to each of the weekends with crazy excitement. She is an expert and puts her hundred percent in conducting the workshop, gives individual feedback to everyone and is so genuine and encouraging with her words. Apart from being a fantastic director, she is a really really great writer, actor, singer, and pianist. It’s surprising how one person can be so talented. I feel honored to have acted with the Day Dream and can’t wait for the next workshop!

Richa, Weekend Theatre Workshop
New Delhi, January-February 2017

I am over 50 years old. I hadn’t been on stage since my school days. Doing theatre at least once was an integral part of my bucket list, although I wasn’t very hopeful that I could fulfill this wish of mine. But then I joined the Day Dream theatre workshop. After joining the workshop, I realized that it was not just about being on stage, there was so much more I gained from it. Every day was a new learning experience, the games we played taught us about team work and bonding with absolute strangers. From writing stories and adapting them, to stance, voice modulation, connecting with the audience, it was a new lesson in every class. I would definitely like to repeat the experience.

Prerna, Weekend Theatre Workshop
New Delhi, September-October 2015