Recently, Dhaka University's Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, in collaboration with the British Council Bangladesh, arranged a programme titled “Shakespeare Shoptok” (Shakespeare's Seven), directed by Sudip Chakroborthy, celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's life and works. It was a stimulating initiative to direct and produce a theatre tributary of scenes from seven Shakespearean plays- 'Macbeth', 'Othello', 'Hamlet', 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', 'Romeo and Juliet', 'The Taming of the Shrew' and 'As You Like It'. The performance featured students from the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, Dhaka University, who not only showcased their emerging talents, but were also evaluated academically. The initiative was to present the audience with the paradoxical logic of individuality of the Elizabethan era blended with the contemporary performances.
Having covered two theatre productions earlier, Showbiz was enthusiastic about representing the art of theatre the students have been mastering. Overall, an enthralling enactment, but the acts which deserved much appreciation were 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by Azhar Uddin and Pronob Sharma, 'As You Like It' by Shamim Miah and Tariqul Haque and 'The Taming of the Shrew' by Rafiqul Islam Sabuj and Maria Khanom.