Chinese troupe captivates Dhaka audience

Cultural Correspondent | Published at 12:00am on June 25, 2019

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A scene from F CK. — Abdullah Apu

Chinese theatre troupe Johoo Theatre captivated the Dhaka audience with a show of its acclaimed play F CK on the fourth day of the ongoing Bangladesh International Theatre Festival on Sunday at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Directed by Lang Jianfei, F CK is based on Chinese author Lu Xun’s short story A Madman’s Diary. The play is divided into ten parts namely Return to Roots, Addiction, Rabbit and Cat, The Story of Hair, Onlooker, Master Zhao, Our Time, On the Sea, Magic and Preface.

It mainly portrays the destruction and decay of traditional Chinese culture and the baneful nature of Chinese nationals in general. The drama further portrays how the Chinese fail to comprehend Lu Xun who is a figure they study from a very early age. The fact that the people nowadays cannot make their voices heard is a severe cause of concern, however the play itself is a small contribution to making their voices heard in this world which is filled with distractions.

The play was performed by artistes draped in black clothes and a red belt with various props such as masks and musical instruments in between. 

Thespian Nasiruddin Yousuff presented a crest and a bouquet to the director after the play concluded.

After the presentation a ‘Meet the Director’ session was conducted where the director Lang Jianfei said, ‘We have about 100 episodes that comprise the play, from which we selected ten episodes specifically for this event.’

Bangladesh International Theatre Festival, which began on June 20, will end tomorrow.

The festival is featuring eight plays from seven countries namely host country Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Russia, China and France.