Imphal, Oct. 31: Two plays of NT Theatre, Imphal — Mythical Surrender and A Far Cry — have been selected for national and international theatre festivals to be held in Delhi, Thrissur and Kozhikode in Kerala and Calcutta.
Both the plays deal with the impact of the armed conflict in Manipur and the theatre group is working on a third play to complete the conflict trilogy.
All the three plays are directed by Ningthouja Deepak and scripted by Budha Chingtham and the third play titled The Priestess will premiere in December.
Chingtham and Deepak told reporters today that A Far Cry has been selected for the 15th Bharat Rang Mahotsav (India International Theatre Festival) organised by National School of Drama, New Delhi, and will be staged on the NSD complex premises on January 17.
Mythical Surrender will open the National Theatre Festival in Kozhikode, Kerala on November 25. The festival is being organised by NSD and department of public relations of the Kerala government.
The same play will also be staged at the Kerala Sangeet Natak Akademi-organised International Theatre Festival of Kerala in Thrissur in January next year.
A Far Cry will also be staged at the Calcutta International Theatre Festival organised by Minerva Repertory Company in January next year.
Mythical Surrender depicts the ordeal of a housewife who was raped during an anti- insurgency operation in Loktak lake in which her husband was shot dead and she ends up giving birth to a child.
The mother finally kills her son after he inherits the cruel nature of his father.
A Far Cry depicts the killings, sufferings and cry for peace of mind while The Priestess showcases a priestess’ efforts to search for her lost son and husband using her supernatural powers. The play is based on the reality that many husbands and sons have disappeared without trace as a fallout of the conflict.
“We feel the selection of our plays for the national and international theatre festivals is a recognition of our efforts to present the prevailing conflict and its impact on the common people,” Deepak said.