Indian troupe stages Pirandello O Puppeteer

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 18,2019


A scene from Pirandello O Puppeteer. — Ali Hossain Mintu

Indian theatre troupe Annek staged its production titled Pirandello O Puppeteer at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Wednesday.

The play, written by Indian playwright Chandan and directed by Arup Roy, is based on the life and works of Italian dramatist, novelist, poet and short story writer Luigi Pirandello.

It revolves around the socio-political and cultural scenario of Italy during Pirandello’s lifetime and portrays his life in three stages- early, midlife and old age.

Three stages of his life have been acted by three different actors. Krishnendu Chakraborty for the adolescence, Dilip Majumdar for the middle age, and elderly Pirandello has been enacted by Arup Roy.

The play opens with a scenario showing a middle-aged Pirandello trying to pursue a career in writing. However, he is always interrupted by his father, who wanted him to abandon writing.

Later, Pirandello moved to Rome to complete his studies where he started visiting theatre shows.

He met Italian actress Marta Abba, who inspired him to write his famous work Six Characters in Search of an Author.

The old age of his life was not smooth. His wife was diagnosed with mental illness, which affected Pirandello greatly.

‘We first staged this play in Kolkata, India. This is the 22nd production of our troupe. Today we staged the 16th show of the play. I want to thank the organisers for inviting us to the event,’ Arup Roy told the New Age.

The play was staged on the sixth day of the on-going ten-day Ganga-Jamuna Cultural Festival 2019, under way at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Mahila Samity.

Besides, Theatre troupe Dhaka Padatik staged its liberation war-based play Katha 71 at Experimental Theatre Hall on Wednesday.

The play, written by Kumar Pritish Bal and directed by Debashish Ghosh, revolves around a freedom fighter and his


Theatre troupe Joyjatra staged Diper Naam Andhakar Manik at Studio Theatre Hall of the academy.

Theatre troupe Dristipat Natyadal staged its play Raja Himadri at Nilima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity on Wednesday.

The play is an adaptation of Sophocles’ Athenian tragedy Oedipus Tyrannus that was first performed around 429 BC.

It has been adapted and directed by Khandaker Tazmi Noor. He has changed the names of the characters and locations to give the essence of a sub-continental feel to the play in order to suit the taste of the local audience.

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