The British Council, in collaboration with Dhaka Theatre, has recently staged the play titled ‘Noishobde Ekattor’ (’71 in Silence) at Neelima Ibrahim Auditorium of Bangladesh Mohila Samity in the capital’s New Baily Road. The play has been presented on the occasion of British Council’s 70th anniversary in Bangladesh and Bangladesh’s 50th year of independence.
The physical storytelling theatre piece is directed by Ramesh Meyyappan, a Glasgow-based Singaporean theatre maker who develops performances using an eclectic mix of visual and physical theatre styles. The 30-minute performance features 15 artistes with disabilities from eight divisional cities of Bangladesh. The play also focuses on the country’s Liberation War through different acting methods.
“When the significance of the sign name of Bangladesh was explained to me, I realised the true passion behind the nation’s history. The eagerness this bold ensemble has shown in portraying this history through eloquent expression of pain and suffering is truly unmatched. I want to thank The British Council and Dhaka Theatre for giving this group of people an opportunity to use their voices – taking us a step closer to ensuring that all voices are heard and seen”, said Ramesh Meyyappan.
‘Noishobde Ekattor’ portrays the story of the birth of Bangladesh – how it was before, how the war started and the consequences of the war; a journey which is narrated using physical storytelling techniques on stage.