A 100-minute drama of a love triangle, filled with jealousy, passion and emotions, was recently staged at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). Titled Irsha, the play was staged by theatre troupe Prangonemor.
Ananta Hira, director and actor of the play, Ramiz Raju and Nuna Afroze took the audiences to a trip down memory lane, as they each narrated their stories. Nuna Afroze successfully portrayed the emotions of a conflicted woman donning a red saree. While the characters reminisced their past, the red saree was mentioned a couple of times, making it an essential element of the play. It symbolised the theme of the play, which was lust and jealousy.
Despite having only three characters, long monologues and dialogues, the play kept the audience hooked. The longest monologue of the play lasted around thirty-six minutes. Yet, there was a continuous flow in the delivery of dialogues.
However, the tremendous acting was not the only thing that made Irsha worth watching. The usage of a projector, playing colourful paintings throughout the show, and the lighting made the play visually appealing. When the characters went behind the projector, their silhouettes were visible against the dimming light. This provided the viewers with an artistic sight. Shahinur Rahman, Jillur Rahman and Ramiz Raju were behind the stage design, music and lights, respectively.