Ganga-Jamuna Cultural Festival

Natyam Repertory stages Dear Liar

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 21,2019


A scene from Dear Liar. — Ali Hossain Mintu

Theatre troupe Natyam Repertory staged its play titled ‘Dear Liar’ at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.

The play was staged on the ninth day of Ganga-Jamuna Cultural Festival 2019.

Written by American playwright Jerome Kilty and translated into Bangla by professor Abdus Selim, the play projects the long-time correspondence between British playwright George Bernard Shaw and British actress Patrick Campbell.

Dear Liar, directed by Irin Pervin Lopa, progresses through reading of letters that were exchanged between Bernard Shaw and Patrick Campbell.

The letters not only reveal romantic conversations between the two but also describe their struggles in the then war-torn Europe.

After Campbell lost her son in World War I, Bernard Shaw in a letter lambasted the then military establishment for glorifying such deaths.

He said that people should protest against war, which was the result of human ignorance.

Campbell married another man leaving Shaw in shock and pain. Still, they exchanged letters, which became a source of energy for them to survive at times of distress and decaying physical strength.

Campbell wanted to publish the letters when she was going through hard times but Shaw opposed the idea.

Actor-director Ataur Rahman enacted the role of George Bernard Shaw while actress Aupee Karim as Campbell mesmerised the audience.

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