The Alchemist staged

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 21:14, Apr 22,2018 | Updated: 23:42, Apr 22,2018


Jahangirnagar University’s drama and dramatics department students perform in The Alchemist on Saturday. — Ali Hossain Mintu

Students of Jahangirnagar University staged Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.
Second year students of drama and dramatics department of Jahangirnagar University staged the
play, which has been dramatised and directed by Reza Arif.
The play depicts the journey of a shepherd boy named Santiago who finds the existence of God, while in the original novel the boy discovers the Soul of the World.
Santiago sets out on a journey from Andalusia, a city in Spain, after dreaming about vast treasures hidden inside a pyramid in Egypt.
The play shows journey of Santiago who comes across diverse people and cultures while crossing vast deserts and unknown territories to reach Egypt in Africa. However, after Santiago reaches his destination, he is greeted by an alchemist, a mysterious individual who can understand the language of the world and turn any metal to gold.
The alchemist teaches Santiago about the true meaning of life and helps him to break away from earthly desires. The play ends with the dialogue ‘The existence of God lies in me’.
‘What could be more precious than finding the existence of God? This is where the play differs from the original novel,’ said director of the play Reza Arif.
‘The play creates a wonderful illusion in the end,’ said assistant professor of Film and media at Stamford University Shakira Parvin Suma.
‘Reza has wonderfully dramatised and directed the play. However, the actors delivered weak performances on stage,’ said film and theatre director Nasiruddin Yousuff Bachchu. 

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