When K Harish Singh wrote Dustbin, a play that opens in the city on Saturday, little did he expect that it would come this far. A trash bin’s take on the world around it, the play was first staged in 2008, and was an instant hit at every collegiate theatre festival that it was taken to.
Dustbin was inspired by a strange observation Singh made while having chaat at a street corner a few years back. “It is a comment on people and their egos. The play is mainly a chaiwalla’s perspective on a dustbin, on how no matter what comes its way, a trash bin can never judge, is acceptable of anything that comes its way and has no sense of pride. And how all of that mostly goes unnoticed. The play doesn’t preach, but carries a message for people at large to keep their pride in check,” says Singh.
An alumnus of National Institute of Design, Singh enjoyed a successful stint in Mumbai as an assistant director to some of India’s leading filmmakers. But coming back to Delhi to give his theatrical skills a leap, wasn’t a hard decision for him to make. “I never thought of taking theatre as a profession, but I came to Delhi, met a nice bunch of people, ended up starting my own company and this is our first production. Although we had to do a lot of running around to establish our production house, Kamaan, this play makes it all seem worthwhile,” he says.
Catch him here
When: August 3
Timing: 5pm and 7.30pm
Where: Akshara Theatre, 5, Baba Kharak Singh Marg
NEAREST METRO STATION: Central Secretariat on the Yellow Line