‘A Different Romeo and Juliet’ ready for Theatre lovers

A different (670 x 430)DHAKA : In an effort to empower people with disabilities, British Council, Bangladesh, in collaboration with UK’s Graeae Theatre Company and Dhaka Theatre, has created a unique production of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ featuring young artistes with disabilities, reports UNB.
The 75-minute theatre production, ‘A Different Romeo and Juliet, is part of the British Council’s Shakespeare Lives global programme for 2016, spanning 130 countries across the globe, celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s life and works.
The British Council in Dhaka has described the production a ‘truly unique project’ in a way that it will be performed in its entirety by 14 highly talented artistes with disabilities.
The project is jointly led by Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company, UK and Dhaka Theatre’s Nasiruddin Yousuff as the Producer.
The artistes have been drawn from different groups of people with disabilities, with participants from Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP-Bangladesh), Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (Brac), Bangladesh Reform Initiatives for Development, Governance and Empowerment (BRIDGE) and Gram Theatre.
The play will be premiered for a targeted audience of policymakers, organisations and other stakeholders working with people with disabilities and special needs schools on March 28 at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
It will also be performed for theatre lovers and general public on March 29 at the same venue.
The project was initiated in 2013 with an aim to empower people with disabilities by facilitating social inclusion through theatre workshops that helped them explore their identity and infuse an enriched sense of self-worth.
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs supported the project.