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Tragedy or comedy?

This April Fools’ Day, don’t let anyone fool you; instead let the cast of this play surprise you. A group of youngsters — the Shoelace Productions — will be staging their popular play — Da for Diary. What’s the play about? The director describes it as a comedy about tragedies; or a tragedy about comedies.

art and culture Updated: Mar 31, 2012 02:25 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

This April Fools’ Day, don’t let anyone fool you; instead let the cast of this play surprise you. A group of youngsters — the Shoelace Productions — will be staging their popular play — Da for Diary. What’s the play about? The director describes it as a comedy about tragedies; or a tragedy about comedies.

As for the cast of the play, the list begins with a bottle of Old Monk, a broken chair, a broom, a stick, and an apple and so on. “It’s just to add a fun element. One thing that plays an important role in the play is the diary. The play is divided into two parts — the childhood and grownup phase of the lead protagonist,” says Tarun Singhal, the actor who plays the protagonist’s childhood part.

The story revolves around a mischievous town boy, who develops a penchant for tragedies. He suddenly gets entangled in existential dilemmas after being exposed to writers Franz Kafka and Jean-Paul Sartre’s works in the city. The transition of this young boy from a small town to a big city is much more than mere geographical movement. “The play is an adaptation of one of my English plays — The Ghost Story. It’s a more realistic play based out of UP and Delhi,” says Deepak Dhamija, the play’s writer and director.

“It’s very difficult to say whether it’s a tragedy or a comedy play. We often leave it up to our audience,” says Dhamija. “We’ve used Hinglish as well as colloquial language to suit the audience. The dialogues are very important,” he adds.

The Delhi-based group, founded in 2010, has performed 30 shows of five original productions. It got the Best Original Script award in the world’s largest 10-minute theatre festival for consecutively two years.

Catch it here live
What: Da for Diary
When: April 1 and April 8
Timing: 4.30pm and 7pm
Where: LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg
Tickets: For Rs 100, Rs 200, Rs 300 on bookmyshow.com and venue