Bangladesh International Theatre Festival

Macbeth, Oh My Sweet Land staged on second day

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jun 23,2019


Scenes from Macbeth, left, and Oh My Sweet Land. — Sourav Lasker

Indian theatre troupe Chorus Repertory Theatre staged William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and French troupe Thèâtre de Vidy Lausanne and Young Vic London staged Oh My Sweet Land on the second day of Bangladesh International Theatre Festival on Friday.

Chorus Repertory Theatre is a Manipur based troupe. Macbeth, directed by Ratan Thiyam, was staged at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The play featured Manipuri dialect.

In the play, Macbeth is described as a dangerous epidemic which is spreading out fast. Some of the symptoms of this disease range from unquenchable desire for power, greed and violence, among others. The spread of this disease ultimately leads to violence and elimination of mankind and peace. All endeavours to end this disease fails and Macbeth transforms into the ugliest version of human beings.

Ratan Thiyam at the end of the show was presented a crest and flowers by thespians Ataur Rahman and Ferdousi Mazumder.

Ferdousi Mazumder, who played Lady Macbeth many times during her stage career, stated, ‘Seeing this wonderful performance I wish I can play the same character with this troupe and in this very version in the future.’

Besides, French troupe Thèâtre de Vidy Lausanne and Young Vic London staged a monodrama Oh My Sweet Land at Experimental Theatre Hall of BSA.

Oh My Sweet Land is based on the testimony gathered in the refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan, where about two million Syrians have been living. The play recounts the humanitarian crisis of refugees through the eyes of a half-Syrian woman, who travelled to the Middle East in search of her refugee activist lover who has disappeared.

German-Syrian actress Corinne Jaber acted in the play.

Bangladesh International Theatre Festival, which began on June 20, will end on June 26 at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

The festival is featuring eight plays from seven countries namely host country Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Russia, China and France.  

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