Theatre troupe Swapnadal will stage its acclaimed anti-war play Tringsha Shadabdi at a performing arts festival in Japan titled ‘Festival/Tokyo 2018’, which will be held from October 13 to November 18.
The troupe will stage two shows of the play at Theatre West auditorium of Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre on November 3 and November 4 as part of the festival, which is jointly organised annually by the Festival/Tokyo executive committee, Toshima City, Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation and others.
Earlier, Tringsha Shatabdi was staged at a British festival titled ‘A Season of Bangla Drama Festival-15’ and two festivals in India.
‘Swapnadal will represent Bangladesh for the first time in the Japan-based festival’, Zahid Repon, the director of the play and the founder of Swapnadal, told New Age.
A thirteen-member team of Swapnadal artistes comprising Juayna Shabnam, Fazle Rabbi Shukorno, Samad Bhuinya, Shishir Shikdar, Jebun Nesa, Shakhawat Shaymol, Zahid Ripon and others will travel to Japan for staging the play. Tringsha Shatabdi is an adaptation of Indian playwright Badal Sircar’s work with the same title.
Zahid Repon’s adapted version unveils genocides that took place at different times in the world through interrogations of some historical characters like Einstein (who invented the theory of making atom bomb), Major Ferebee (the pilot of the aircraft that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima), and Major Claude Eatherly (who carried the nuclear bomb to Nagasaki and later became insane on his realisation of the crime).
Besides, Zahid Repon will deliver a lecture on the topic Theatre of Bangladesh Today: Continuation of Tradition and Modernism at East Atelier hall of Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre on November 2. He will also attend a programme to be aired by NHK World Radio Japan.
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