Posts Tagged ‘theatre’

The Dictator’s Wife


The Dictator’s Wife returns to Karachi, an original play by Mohammed Hanif, critically acclaimed author of ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes’.

Devised and performed by Nimra Bucha

Arts Council, Karachi. 10/11 December. 8pm.
Tickets available at Espresso, Liberty Books and at the venue on the night.

what people are saying…

  • “Bucha comes across as a crazy mix of Eva Peron and Imelda Marcos… energetic, vivid, and compelling” (The Friday Times)
  • “a riveting act.” (THE NEWS)
  • “A modern day lady Macbeth with an eclectic mix of Desperate Housewife.
  • An evening of pure mischief and delectable humour” (INSTEP)
  • “Nimra Bucha’s performance has impressive range. She is coquettish and shrewish, romantic and arrogant, bored and impatient…The punch lines are brimming with sarcasm” (DAWN)

Katha presents ‘Main Adakara Banu Gi’

saneaBoth Katha and Sania Saeed (whom I consider the finest actress ever) is making a comeback into the theatre scene after a span of five years with a play ‘Main Adakara Banu Gi’. The play has been adapted from ‘Educating Rita’ by Willy Rusal and is written by Baber Jamal. It revolves around two individuals, a young female student (Sania Saeed) who hails from the Peela (yellow) school culture and is eager to learn acting, and another a veteran actor and teacher (Ehteshamuddin). ‘Mein Adakara Banoongi’ will be performed from 6 to 9 June at the Arts Council, timings are 8 PM.

The ticket is priced at Rs. 700 and is available at Agha’s. The proceeds will go to charitable programs of the Rotary Club of Karachi. The play boasts to be socially relevant and humorous, in addition you will delighted to see two great actors performing so go for it if you plan to do so.

Photo credit: FB Event

TLISM – 30 years of Tehrik.

I personally have been a fan of Sheema Kermani and Tehrik-e-Niswan’s work. Celebrating their 30 years, a festival with the name TLISM has been launched. Please see the poster by clicking the thumbnail image.

Information about the plays:

• March 7: – ANJI: (With the original cast of 1985 – Sheema Kermani, Khalid Ahmad, Imran Aslam, Anjum Ayaz, Akber Subhani, Zakia Sarwar, Ehteshamuddin), a witty and hilarious modern “Nautanki” with live musicians, about the comic and tragic aspects of Anji’s search for a husband. This acclaimed production has had many successful repeat performances not only in Karachi but also in Lahore and Islamabad. It has been one of the most popular plays of Tehrik.

• March 8: – RAQS KARO: To celebrate International Women’s Day, a multi-media musical extravaganza, incorporating dance, music, poetry and video projections, based on the poetry and writings of Fahmida Riaz, depicting the changing position of woman in society over the ages- vocals by Gulshanara Syed and Tina Sani, performed by Sheema Kermani and her dance troupe.

• March 10 & 11: – BIRJEES QADAR KA KUNBA: Originally performed in 1988 as CHADAR AUR CHARDIWARI) – Adapted from Garcia Lorca’s ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’, this is an uncanny but faithful portrayal of the lives of a vast majority of unmarried girls living under the yoke of brutally repressive feudal male values in a world dominated by twisted notions of honour, tradition and social oppression. The all women cast includes Shehnaz Ismail, Mahvash Faruqi, Asma Mundrawala, Shama Askari, Shireen Naqvi and others.

March 12: – JINNAY LAHORE NAHIN VEKHYA: (Performed originally in 1992). Based on a true incident of 1947 set in Lahore, about a family that migrates from Lucknow and an old Hindu woman left behind in an abandoned Haveli. With the poetry of Nasir Kazmi sung live. The cast includes Salim Meraj, Mahvash Faruqi, Saife Hasan, Adnan Tipu Shah, Asma Mundrawala, Hafeez Ali and others. The play was remounted in August 2007 and has had many successful performances in India.

March 13: – ISMAT KI DOU KAHANIYAN: Based on two famous short stories of Ismat Chughtai, KAAFIR and AMAR BEL, one about a Muslim girl marrying a Hindu boy and the other about the marriage of a young woman to a much older man. Cast – Asma Mundrawala, Mahvash Faruqi, Salim Meraj, Saife Hasan, Sheema Kermani.

• March 14 & 15: -USS BEWAFA KAY SHEHR MAIN: (First performed in 1999). An adaptation in Minglish, of Somerset Maugham’s ‘The Constant Wife’, this witty and hilarious comedy brings to life the story of a seemingly docile housewife who decides to pay back her philandering husband…in kind! The cast includes Dr Mervyn Hosain, Arjumand Rahim, Shehnaz Ismail, Aamir Masood, Sheema Kermani and others.

• March 27 to 29: – EK HAZAR AUR EK THI RATEIN: (With the original cast of 1998) A musical play taken from the stories of “A Thousand and One Nights” that brings to the surface the problems related to the position of women. This play has toured all over Pakistan and India and participated at many festivals.

Be there to support, be there to enjoy.

Ismat Ki Do Kahanian

This a play based on two stories by Ismet Chugtai. The Tehrik – E- Niswan group usually does a good job so i am looking forward to catch this one at the Arts Council. Tickets are available at the gate and Agha Supermarket as well.

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