In the days of quick replies and endless conversations only fingertips away, the idea of writing a letter on crisp pages of parchment can seem hopelessly outdated.
An Urdu play Mian Biwi Aur Wagah (Husband, Wife and Wagah Border) seeks to bring back the spirit and tradition of letter-writing that has been overshadowed by the onslaught of communication technology. The play will be staged at The Junction, Alserkal Avenue on August 11-12, 2017 and is conceptualised, produced and will be performed by a group of talented local journalists, theatre artists and filmmakers who have come together to create completely organic content, probably never seen before in Dubai.
A one-of-a-kind play, Mian, Biwi Aur Wagah, is based on a series of letters narrating a mixed bag of events and slick-of-life stories that encapsulate human experiences and tales wrapped in nostalgic exchanges and socio-political ingredients. It is designed in a way that takes the audience on an intimate journey of storytelling, ranging in different emotions and traversing varying landscapes.
Mian and Biwi are the husband-wife duo while Wagah – the border area between India and Pakistan – is personified to be a narrator as it becomes a metaphor for the cascade of letters. All letters staged are inspired by true stories and experiences that remain rooted in history but are yet contemporary in nature.
The play is directed by Dhruti Shah D’souza, a Dubai-based artist, storyteller, writer and playwright while Amna Khaishgi is the co-writer and producer who plays the role of ‘Biwi’. Ehtesham Shahid, who has co-authored the letters, will be seen in the role of Mian (husband). ‘Wagah’ is played by Majid Muhammad who has co-written the script. The other performers include Maha Jameel, Faraz Waqar and Ram Das Rao.
So, block your calendars and get ready to sit back and enjoy a refreshing, light-hearted and at the same time, poignant human drama.
INFO: Early Bird Dhs 80; Standard Dhs 100, Friday, 11 August, 7.30 pm; Saturday, 12 August, 7.30 p.m, gates open at 7:00 p.m, The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, @mianbiwiaurwagah