Curtain falls on Natyadhara’s theatre festival

Charlie staged on concluding day

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:43, Dec 01,2019 | Updated: 22:46, Dec 01,2019


A scene from ‘Charlie’. — press release

The three-day theatre festival organised by Natyadhara, marking its 27th anniversary, ended with the show of host troupe’s play ‘Charlie’ at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.

‘Charlie’, featuring the popular Hollywood character Charlie Chaplin in local setting to address different problems and anomalies prevailing in urban life, has been written and directed by Litu Sakhwat.

The play unearths the brutal realities of daily life. Litu’s experimentation for finding out the meaning of life in the contemporary society is innovative in this sense that he creates some imaginary scenes where Greek philosopher Socrates, Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore and mystic bard Lalon, who intended to discover the meaning of life in their works, encounters with Charlie.

Through conversations with these imaginary characters, ‘Charlie’ addresses brutal facts of life like fall of humanity and morality, cruelty and greed of the urbanites, terrible traffic, load shedding and various other problems.

Nasiruddin Bhuiyan, Rafikul Islam, Sabyasachi Chanchal, Litu Sakhwat, Kamal Hassan and others performed different characters of the play.

 Natyadhara’s the three-day theatre festival commenced on Thursday. The festival featured conferring of Tanushree Padak and shows of three plays namely Samatath Natyadal’s production ‘Ujan Bhaital Konya’, Indian theatre troupe Ifta’s ‘Dear Papa’ and Natyadhara’s Charlie.

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