Bangladesh Group Theater Federation (BGTF) has decided not to perform stage plays during the lockdown. The Federation will not be organising stage shows anywhere in the country including Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Mohila Samity, informs Kamal Bayezid, Secretary General of BGTF to the Daily Star.
"Safety should be our prime concern now and keeping this in mind, we have decided to stop the shows at this time. We are very glad that everyone in our federation has agreed with us and welcomed our decision," adds Kamal Bayezid.
Ramendu Majumdar, noted actor, playwright, and president of Bangladesh Centre of International Theatre Institute (ITI) supported this decision wholeheartedly. "Avoiding crowds will be impossible at stage shows if we decide to keep operating and with the recent Covid cases, I think it is best to just stay at home," he says. "BGTF has taken the right decision and we all will comply by it."
"We need to be careful," playwright Mamunur Rashid told the Daily Star. "The pandemic is changing its course again and we should be going back to our old way of fighting this disease—stay at home, maintain social distancing, and ensure proper sanitization and hygiene."
It is to be noted that no plays will be staged until the BGTF gives further instructions.