Two plays two
A play in waiting and a play derived from improvisation. The First City Theatre Foundation has an interesting evening planned for you next week. Two original one-act plays will be on the menu that evening. Mouse explores the relationship between a young director and the actor as she readies him for the role. The anxieties mount as the actor starts questioning his role and the notions of the director. Positions #2, on the other hand, is inspired by Margaret Atwood’s short story Happy Ending. The play Positions was performed last year and this year you will see a reconstruction as Positions #2. The play took six story lines and improvised them till director and writer Neel Chaudhuri was satisfied with the endings. “I try and write about my generation, to create drama out of our daily lives. The need now is to constantly look for fresh perspectives and ideas,” says this director, who also organizes readings at the Attic, Regal building, Connaught Place, New Delhi and theatre workshops.The First City Theatre Foundation’s next project will be workshops in schools.
The plays will held be on 5, 6 and 7 February at 6.30pm in M.L. Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi
As the title suggests Rahe Naam Pakistan Ka centres around partition and Pakistan. The play revolves around the life of an 85-year-old man who is an Alzheimer’s patient. Ghazanfar Hussein recalls the partition and its immediate as well as long-term aftermath in juxtaposition with the death of his wife a couple of days ago. The play tries to look at partition in non-religious and non-political terms. The play is based on the real life story of director Sayeed Alam’s grandfather. “The generation that saw partition to a large extent is no more. Soon we will have no more oral sources of history. I think it is important to document these non-political views through theatre,” says Alam. The play is worth a watch to get over the stereotypical notions about partition that may still exist in your mind. A plus is that this play is in Urdu, a beautiful language to listen to.
Ghalib in New Delhi is into its 227th performance. The play deals with Mirza Ghalib’s rebirth in 21st century India.
Ghalib In New Delhi is on 2 February at 7.30pm at the Shri Ram Centre, Mandi House, New Delhi and Rahe Naam Pakistan Ka is on 3 February at 7.30pm at the Shri Ram Centre, Mandi House, New Delhi