Swapnadal is going to participate at two prestigious festivals in India and Japan respectively in June and November.
The troupe will stage its monodrama Helen Keller on June 28 at Puber Natyagantha Theatre Festival in Indian city Kolkata and will stage two shows of its anti-war play Tringsha Shatabdi at Festival Tokyo on November 3 and 4.
‘For the first time, any Bangladeshi troupe is going to participate in Festival Tokyo. We are happy that two members of the festival organising committee watched Tringsha Shatabdi last month at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and selected it for the festival in Japan’, Swapnadal president Zahid Repon told New Age.
Tringsha Shatabdi has earlier been staged at festivals organised in England and India.
Tringsha Shatabdi, written by Indian playwright Badal Sircar and directed by Zahid Repon, unveils genocides that took place different times in the world through interrogations of some historical characters.
The play features characters like Einstein (who invented the theory of making atom bomb), Major Fereby (the pilot of the aircraft that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima), and Major Claude Itharby (who carried the nuclear bomb to Nagasaki and later became insane on his realisation of the crime).
Helen Keller, on the other hand, is a monodrama which depicts the life and struggles of the late American author-activist Helen Keller.
The play has been written by Apurba Kumar Kundu and directed by Zahid Repon. It will be staged for the first time in a festival abroad, Repon said.
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