The Old Man and the Sea

Cultural events, Drama, Dance and Performance, Season of Bangla Drama, Workshops and activities
Saturday 14th November 2020 (18:15-19:15)
Theatre Sylhet
  • Join us at 18:15 on 14 November for the live, online Q and A via Zoom! 
  • Sit back, relax at home, and watch the pre-recorded production at a time that suits you.
  • The performance is 50 minutes long and will be available from 14:15 on 14 November for 48 hours after the discussion. 
  • Register for the performance and to participate in the Q and A.
  • Free of charge
  • Language: Bangla. This will have English subtitles.


This is the story of an old man, and a barbaric and perilous sea. It recounts a giant fish coming from the fathoms of the deep. It mirrors the inevitable human struggle in life. Santigo, the old man, went out to sea to fish on 84 consecutive days, but returned empty handed each night.

Everyone mocked him, but undeterred by age and fate, he set out again the next day, determined to succeed.  This time, he comes face to face with a giant marlin, and the ensuing struggle is a fight to the death. 

Though almost defeated by this mighty beast, he manages to kill it and tie it to his boat.  This victory is short-lived as he is surrounded by hungry sharks, attracted by the blood of the marlin. In an ironic twist, he couldn’t save the fish, but lived to tell the tale, saying “But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”


Cast and production team

Performed and directed by Kamrul Haque Jewel

Written by Ernest Hemingway and translated by Kamrul Haque Jewel

Production Manager - Md. Muminul Islam (Rajib)


About the company

Theatre Sylhet was established on 6 March 2006. To date, they have staged 30 productions in Bangladesh and India. They work to inspire and nurture people’s dreams with tales of morality and equality in the face of adversity.