Dhaka University’s theatre and performance studies department students staged William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth on Tuesday at Natmondol of the university.
It was the first show of a six-day presentation of the play at the venue organised by the department.
DU vice chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman was present as the chief guest at the show.
The play, translated by late eminent poet-playwright Syed Shamsul Haq, was staged by MA final semester students of the department. DU theatre professor Israfeel Shaheen has directed the production.
Macbeth, which revolves around a Scottish general named Macbeth, depicts how political ambition takes its toll on those who seek power for its own sake.
Macbeth receives a prophecy from witches that one day he will become king of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders the king and takes the throne for himself. However, after becoming king he is forced to commit more and more murders. In the end he becomes consumed with guilt and paranoia and the unceasing bloodbath takes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.
‘We will stage the play for six days. I hope that by performing in the play in front of the audience the students will gain self-confidence’, Dr Ahmedul Kabir, chairman of DU theatre and performance studies department, told New Age.
‘The play is relevant to today’s society. I am looking forward to attend the play’s upcoming shows’, Sanzida Tonni, an audience, told New Age.
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