Theatre addresses risks of illegal migration

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Sep 15,2019


A scene from Pulsiraat. — New Age photo

Theatre troupe Prachyanat premiered its 35th production Pulsiraat at Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity on Friday.

The play, an adaption of Palestinian writer and political activist Ghassan Kanafani’s novel Men In The Sun depicts risks of illegal migration.

Pulsiraat has been directed by Kazi Toufiqul Islam Imon and dramatized by Monirul Islam Rubel. Masumul Alam has translated the play into Bangla.

Renowned actor Azad Abul Kalam, Shahriar Ferdous Sajib, Monirul Islam Rubel, Mitul Rahman, Tripti Rani and others have enacted different characters in the play.

 It revolves around Abu Kayes, Asad and Marwan, three Palestinians who live in a refugee camp in Iraq. They decide to go to Kuwait to change their fates.

 Abu Kayes wants to earn a lot of money and give his family a better life. Marwan is a teenager who wants to help his mother. After his elder brother, who lives in Kuwait, stops sending money, he decides to travel to Kuwait in search of livelihood. Asad is young and ambitious. He wants to go to Kuwait to earn money and marry his uncle’s daughter Nada.

These three individuals decide to enter Kuwait illegally. They get in touch with a lorry driver named Abul Khajuran, who agrees to give them a ride in the back of his truck. However, at the border checkpoints the three have to hide inside the empty water tank of the lorry so that the border guards don’t find them. The temperature inside the tank is unbearable. Besides, one can easily suffocate inside it.

 The play, full of suspense and dramatic sequences, gives the audience a glimpse into the risks and dangers faced by illegal migrants everyday across the world. The play ends with the three illegal migrants dying inside the tank.

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