Theatre Art Unit staged its musical play titled ‘Sutay Sutay Hannah O Shapla’ at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
The play was staged on the third day of the five-day Syed Mohidul Islam Smaran Utsab 2019, which has been organised by Batikrom Natya Goshti marking the 17th death anniversary of playwright, director and actor Syed Mohidul Islam. It also marks the 43rd founding anniversary of the troupe.
The musical play, loosely following the traditional pala form, written by Anika Mahin and directed by Rokeya Rafique Baby, bring together stories of two women, Hannah of Sweden and Shapla of Bangladesh.
Though living in two very different places and time periods, the two women have their dreams that are broken, commitments and fights in common.
The play portrays the stories of struggles, commitments, sacrifices, defeats and fights of the two women living in different continents and periods.
Another major point of resemblance that brings Hannah and Shapla together is their passion for stitching and embroidery. Both of them learnt the craft of stitching and presenting stories through stitching from their mothers.
The play begins with the story of Hannah who declines to settle for a marriage when her fiancé demanded that she marry him and leave her craft for good. The story of Bangladeshi village girl Shapla, who becomes a garment worker leaving her carefree village life and embroidery behind, comes to mingle with Hannah.
Their stories have been seamlessly connected through music making the production compact.
Selim Mahbub, who produced music for the play and also led the chorus, did a fabulous job, while Sangeeta Chowdhury and Mitaly Das respectively in the roles of Hannah and Shapla were marvellous.
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