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Upstage to debut with adaptation of Buddhadeb’s 'Raat Bhore Brishti'

  • Published at 05:59 pm July 5th, 2019
Raat Bhore Brishti

The play is set to be staged at the Nilima Ibrahim auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity on July 19

Upstage, a new theatre troupe, is set to hit the Dhaka theatre scene with an adaptation of Buddhadeb Basu’s renowned novel Raat Bhore Brishti.

The play is set to be staged at the Nilima Ibrahim auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Samity on July 19.

The novel Raat Bhore Brishti was published in 1967, and was banned by a lower court for vulgarity after a case was filed by a college student in 1969. 

The case was dismissed and ban reversed in 1973.

Saif Sumon has adapted and directed the play for the emerging theatre troupe. This is Sumon’s eighth directorial venture. Previously, he directed the plays Namano Srijani, Joborajok Bhalobasha, Otto Melar Opare, Mogoj Shomachar, Open Tee Bioscope, Buddhir Dheki and Khoyar. 

Speaking to Dhaka Tribune Showtime, Sumon said the original story had not been changed for the play.

“However, we have changed the setting to a contemporary one, so that it is easier for the audience to relate to it, he added.

“I particularly like the story because of how it represents the complexity of marital life, which needs to be addressed but we don’t talk about it. We have been rehearsing since May, and hope that it will be a good production, Sumon further said. 

When asked about Upstage, Sumon, said: “We are an alternative theatre practice group. Our debut play is very challenging, and we hope the audience will love it.”