- Sit back, relax at home, and watch the pre-recorded production at a time that suits you.
- Join us at 18:15 on 20 November for the live, online Q and A via Zoom!
- The performance is 30 minutes long and will be available from 17:15 on 20 November, and for 48 hours after the discussion.
- Register for the performance and to participate in the Q and A.
- Free of charge
- Language: Bangla and English. This will have English subtitles.
Abir, a British-Bangladeshi professional, receives the news of his father’s passing away just before lockdown. The desperate son embarks on a last flight from London to Dhaka to join his grieving mother and sister back home. Immediately after landing, he learns the landlord banned him from entering the property fearing the potential spread of the virus. Abir decides to sneak into his family home almost like a thief that night, bribing the watchman. He starts mourning his father's death in isolation reminiscing his past, recalling fondest memories with his late father and friends since childhood and rediscovering himself. During these solitary times, Abir often feels the presence of his father in the room and starts conversing with him for comfort.
The story of Abir shows how the virus has stirred up not only a global health crisis but also exposed deep-rooted social stigmas and lack of empathy. It depicts the nature of the crisis which compelled mankind to have time at home, reflecting on and appreciating the greatest gifts in life. For Abir, it was his chance to step back, reconnect and come to terms with his loss while having to endure Covid-19 rules and the distress they caused.
Cast and production team
Cast: Bulbul Hasan, Fazlur Rahman Babu, Sadeq Ahmed Chowdhury, Adnin Tarannum Sharothi, Shoyaeeb Chamak, Syeda Saima Ahmed, Ramira Hasan
Written by: Bulbul Hasan
Directed by: Syeda Saima Ahmed
Dramaturge: Dr Canan Salih
Technical support: Tracey Hammill
Light and Sound score: Sadeq Ahmed Chowdhury
Back Drop projection: Himu M Hussain
Costume design: Khadija Rahman
Project Management: Fahmida Begum
Publicity: SM Zakir Hossain and Imran Khan
About the company
Bishwo Shahitto Kendro is a non-profit organisation which invites its audiences to explore the breadth of Bengali and worldwide cultures through literature, music and visual art forms. It aims to share our common creative heritage and nurture an appreciation of literature amongst the next generation.