Theatre lovers thronged at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy to enjoy the third show of the revamped production of Nagarik Natya Sampraday’s acclaimed play Galileo on Tuesday.
They stood in a long queue for hours to buy tickets for the show. Many, in fact, had to return with a heavy heart as all the tickets were sold out.
‘We are amused to see the response of the audience since the premiere of the revamped production on October 5. We hope that theatre lovers will show the same enthusiasm in the coming shows of Galileo’, said Pantha Shahriar, who has directed the revamped production.
The play, written by German playwright Bertolt Brecht and translated by professor Abdus Selim, was earlier directed by thespian Ataur Rahman.
Galileo features the life of the great Italian scientist-philosopher Galileo Galilei and his commitment to science even when he was facing life threats.
Galileo while studying the movements of the planets of our solar system discovers that the planets follow Copernicus’ heliocentric model that puts the sun in the centre and states that other planets revolves around the sun.
As Galileo’s discovery appears to contradict both popular belief and the religious doctrine of the powerful Roman Catholic Church, he faces the wrath of the church. Galileo is brought to the Vatican in Rome for questioning. Under threat of torture, Galileo recants his theory that the earth revolves around the sun.
The old scientist is placed under house arrest and the church appoints a priest to monitor him. Before dying, Galileo gives all his writings upholding heliocentric model of the solar system to one of his loyal students for publishing those outside Italy.
Eminent actors Aly Zaker enacting Galileo and Asaduzzaman Noor playing the role of Cardinal Berberini captivated the audience who gave standing ovation to the thespians.
Nagarik Natya Sampraday will hold another show of Galileo on October 10 at Dr Nilima Ibrahim Hall of Bangladesh Mahila Samity.
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