Last Tuesday, an adaptation of English dramatist J B Priestley's play, An Inspector Calls, directed by Naila Azad, was staged at Bangladesh Mahila Samiti. Through this endeavour, the practice of staging English plays was revived in the city. The adaptation of the two-hour long show was made relevant in the context of our country and the time that we are living in. The audience was intrigued from the very beginning with the intense opening scene – where a girl, played by Priyam Sarker, commits suicide. Sarker made her presence felt with her performance even though, throughout the entire play, she spoke only one word - 'please', reflecting the helplessness of her situation.
How knowingly, or unknowingly, each member of a family becomes responsible for her suicide, was unraveled through the series of events in the play. The bourgeois couple, Mr and Mrs Borhania, played by Kazi Toufikul Islam Emon and Samina Luthfa Nitra, portrayed the negative aspects of our society. The fact that the artistes were able to appear as greedy and proud members of an upper class society, added to the success of the play.
The promising artistes of the play, Mitul Mahmud and Wasi Noor Azam - who played the roles the Borhania's children, left a mark with their energetic performances. The Borhania's would-be son-in-law Javaduddin Khan, played by Baizid Haque Joarder, seemed effortless while playing a negative role. While each character was shown to be a part of the same problem, they managed to maintain very distinct personalities of their own.
With this play, popular actor Iresh Zaker, who played the role of Inspector Jinnah, shows that he is equally pleasant to watch on the stage as he is on the screen. With an alarming attitude and a pinch of sarcastic tone, he did justice to the role of an inspector.
An Inspector Calls –a play with a message, will run till December 15 at Bangladesh Mahila Samiti at 7 pm. Today and tomorrow, there will be two shows of the play at 3 pm and 7 pm respectively.