Kamaluddin Nilu directs Norwegian play “Giddagasas” | The Daily Star
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Kamaluddin Nilu directs Norwegian play “Giddagasas”


Poster of the play.

Noted Bangladeshi theatre personality Kamaluddin Nilu is directing an international production titled “Giddagasas” (Prison). The play is being produced by Norwegian indigenous theatre group Beaivváš Sámi Teáhter. A global production in every sense, “Giddagasas” has been written by a Greek playwright, directed by a Bangladeshi, produced by a Norwegian troupe and performed by a Finish actress.
Already staged in different countries, the Bangladesh premiere of the play will be held on December 7 at 7 pm at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in Dhaka. Two more shows will take place the following day at 5 pm and 7:30 pm.
Bangladeshi troupe Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT) will hold the shows.
Greek playwright Lia Karavia has written the play; Finish actress Anitta Suikkari will perform in the monodrama with a projection of the text in English for non-Sámi speaking audiences.
The autobiographical play is about an individual's struggle to endure the brutal repression of a totalitarian government. Nina, in the play, has been imprisoned for her thoughts and ideas, and her belief in equality of all human beings. The authorities put her in solitary confinement to break her spirit, but she continuously develops new strategies to retain her dignity.
International theatre personalities, including Ratan Thiyam and the director of Sámi Teáhter will attend the premiere at Shilpakala, according to CAT sources.
CAT will arrange two more programmes on December 6 at Shilpakala. The publication ceremony of the book “Negating Fundamentalism: Ibsen's Brand in Bangladesh” by Professor Ahmed Ahsanuzzaman will be held at the Seminar Room at 5 pm, while CAT's ongoing production “The Communicator” will be staged at the National Theatre Hall at 7 pm.

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