Two monodramas – one by a Chinese troupe and another by a local troupe – will be staged today as part of the 2nd Dhaka International Monodrama Festival at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Gao Jia Opera from Quanzhou, China will stage The Government Inspector at Experimental Theatre Hall while Shadhona will stage Sitar Agniparikkha at Studio Theatre Hall.
The eight-day festival has been organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and International Theatre Institute’s Bangladesh Chapter, with help from the ministry of cultural affairs.
It will feature a total of eleven monodramas.
The Government Inspector is a Chinese version of the Russian-Ukrainian writer Nikolai Gogol’s satirical drama of the same title.
The original play is a comedy of errors, satirising human greed, stupidity, and the extensive political corruption of Imperial Russia. The Chinese version also depicts greed and stupidity of the people in great places, without altering the storyline.
The production has been adapted by Chua Soo Pong and directed by Huang Guang Rong, with Chu Yu Jiang starring in it.
Shadhona’s production, Sitar Agniparikkha, draws on the Hindu epic Ramayana to highlight women’s role in a patriarchal society.
It shows how women have been victimised by men since the time of Sita, the central female character of the Ramayana.
Simon Zakaria has written the play while Naznin Hasan Chumki has directed and starred in it.