‘Ek Aur Durghatna’, Amitabh Srivastava’s Hindi adaptation of Dario Fo’s play ‘Accidental Death of An Anarchist’, by Hill Thespians was staged on day-7 of ongoing Annual Drama Festival 2018 at the Abhinav Theater, yesterday in the evening. Couched as farcical and slapstick comedy,It was critique of the shadowy side of the police force.
Cleverly incorporating a smattering of dialoges in Dogri and local references of terrorist attacks, today’s performance brought focus on how police in collusion with government will go to any extant to silence anyone who is thought as a threat to the state. This may amount to the killing of innocent citizens in fictitious encounters or false implication in criminal cases.
The play opened with an Inspector interrogating Sanki-The Maniac, who constantly outsmarts the dim-witted Inspector.
Sanki in Inspector’s absence intercepts a phone call and comes to know that a judge is coming to the police station to investigate the death of a terrorist.
Impersonating as judge, he gets the police to re-enact the events. A woman journalist, who is probing the events, is also present. The play ends with two alternative endings in which the Maniac then leaves the audience to decide what ending is best.
Designed and directed by Sunil Sharma, who also played the lead role, today’s play was a delight to watch as the winter capital’s group of young amateur actors exhibited tremendous sense of timing in dialogue delivery, synchronized body movements, groupings, and above all improvisation and spontaneity, to dish out a highly entertaining and a well-paced performance.
Roheet Verma’s ‘Gudiya Azad’ will be presented under the banner of Naqaib Rangmanch will stage today.