Nat’l street theatre fest ends

19 new plays premiered

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:53, Feb 07,2018

Shobdabali Group Theatre

Barisal-based troupe Shobdabali Group Theatre stages Baddhobhumite Shesh Drishya on Tuesday at the Central Shaheed Minar. — Snigdha Zaman

The 32nd edition of National Street Theatre Festival ended on Central Shaheed Minar premises in the capital with shows of five street plays by one Sylhet-based and four Dhaka-based troupes on Wednesday.

Sylhet-based DIK Theatre premiered Warish and Loko Natyadal (Siddheswari) premiered Oishee O Rupa on the closing day.

The festival, organised by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, featured 34 street plays by 22 Dhaka-based and 11 district-based troupes.

BGTF has been organising the festival since 1987.

This year nineteen street plays were premiered by theatre troupes at the festival, which began on January 31.

‘Every year the festival features around 15 new productions. However, at this year’s festival 19 new plays were premiered by 14 Dhaka-based and six district-based troupes’, said Akhteruzzaman, secretary general of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation.

Plays like Food Problem by Dhaka Mancha, Putrabaran by Ethic Theatre, Opekkha by Chadunidam Theatre, Parichoy by Padatik Natya Sangsad (TSC), Kaaktarua by Munshiganj-based Theatre Circle, Phalgun Barey Barey by Mamensingh-based Ensemble Theatre, Chair by Comilla-based Choukash Natya Sampraday and others were premiered at the festival.

The plays addressed diverse issues like socio-political anomalies in the society, important historical events and others.

‘We always encourage troupes to produce plays on important historical events. Every year troupes premiere new productions based on themes like liberation war and language movement at the festival,’ said Akhteruzzaman.

This year three new productions based on language movement namely Padatik Natya Sangsad’s Parichoy, Ensemble Theatre’s Falgun Barey Barey and Nagarik Natyangan Bangladesh’s Bangla Amar Bangla were premiered at the festival.

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