3rd International French Drama Festival
As part of the 3rd International French Drama Festival 2010, theatre troupe Bibarton, Jessore, staged “Deyal” (“The Wall”) on May 16 at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Monoranjon Biswas adapted the play from existentialist philosopher and litterateur Jean Paul Sartre's drama “Le Mur” (The Wall) while Sanwar Alam Khan Dulu directed the play.
The story is set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War (between 1936 and 1939), when the Nationalists led by General Franco overcame the forces of the Spanish Republic and entered Madrid. In this play Sartre depicts the story of prisoners who are condemned to death. The title refers to the wall used by the firing squad to execute prisoners. The wall itself symbolises the inevitability of one's death.
In the play, Faruk Abdullah (played by Sheikh Zahid), Mohammad Ismail (MA Muhith Tomal) and Azimuddin Haq (Mrinmoy Chakraborti) are captured by the military and are sentenced to death. The characters often get vocal, protesting the mockery of a justice system, but they keep dangling between life and death. They desire to live, as they love their lives and dreams.
Faruk Abdullah, a student of philosophy thinks of the freedom of soul before being executed. Azimuddin Haq, a politician and an idealist, momentarily causes panic among his captors by declaring his unrestrained freedom even after knowing of his imminent death.
The cast also included Munmun Basu, Sanwar Alam Khan Dulu, Rafiqul Alam Shanto, Atikuzzaman Rony, Enamul Kabir, Nesar Chowdhury Rana and Pankaj Ghosh, Takdirul Gani Nibir, Manoj Samaddar, Hafizur Rahman Hafiz, Zahidul Islam Jadu.
Tarik Mahabub Rousseau was in charge of light design. Parimol Majumdar directed music and Foyez Zahir designed the set. Costumes were designed by Atikuzzaman Rony.