THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The third day at the National Theatre Festival here on Friday saw the staging of two plays, ‘Prophet’ by Nireeksha, Thiruvananthapuram and ‘Tedha Darpan’ by Ex-tra an Organisation, Rajasthan, on Friday.
‘Prophet’ was the retelling of the Greek myth of Cassandra by the all-women theatre group ‘Nireeksha’. The play has been directed by C.V. Sudhi. In the documentary section, ‘Tendulkar and Violence’ was screened.
Girish Karnad’s ‘Bikhre Bimb’ (broken images) is the play to look out for on the fourth day of the festival on Saturday. The play will be staged at 6.30 p.m. at the venue, Tagore Theatre.
It’s a one-act performer play. Manjula Nayak, a professor of English literature who turns out to be an unsuccessful writer in Kannada, is the protagonist of the play. The part is brought to life by Arundhati Nag. Manjula finally writes in English and earns international acclaim. In a TV show, she introduces the audience to her English novel. Suddenly she is confronted by her own images on the screen which question her on betrayal of her own language, Kannada. The theatre is Ranga Shankara, Bangalore.
The second play to be staged on Saturday is ‘Trojan Women: A Love Story’, which deals with the ‘Dalitisation of women’ in the background of the Trojan Women, based on Jean Paul Sartre’s philosophy. The playwright is Budha Chigtham and the play has been directed by Kumaradas T.N. The theatre is Department of Indian Theatre, Punjab University and the play will be staged at 8 p.m.
FACE TO FACE
The duty of an art is to teach how to blend historical facts and aesthetics, noted playwright Vayala Vasudevan Pillai has said.
He was speaking at the face to face programme organised at Tagore Theatre in connection with the ongoing National Theatre Festival.
Narippatta Raju, director of the drama `Koottukrishi’, said that every creative art could be presented only after adopting contemporary thoughts. ‘’’Koottukrishi’ was written by Edasseri during the 1950s. Since there are variations in the present social and political situations, certain changes were made while presenting it on stage,’’ Raju said.