It’s not just a play, but a forum that reflects the issue of censorship and morality related to all art forms in our country. Sex, Morality and Censorship, a play directed by Sunil Shanbag, takes you to the days when playwright Vijay Tendulkar’s production Sakharam Binder set off a controversy in the theatre scene in Mumbai thanks to its bold script.
The stage censor board came down heavily on the script, and the play was attacked by different sections of society.
“Urban theatre has been constantly hit by what we call the moral brigade, and due to this lot of theatre forms have been compelled to perform in an unrealistic and artificial way,” says Shanbag, whose play explores the constant struggle of an artist to present his original work to his audience. Different writers, choreographers, musicians, poets and composers have worked on this production to make it theatrically viable and accessible without losing its theme.
The play will be performed today under the banner of Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META). These awards, which are in their fifth year, recognise and facilitate all aspects of theatre — scripting, set and costume design, lighting, direction and performances. Sex, Morality and Censorship has been short listed for eight categories, including Best Director and Best Actor (male and female).
“These awards are an initiative to take these plays from different parts of India to a larger platform and audience. 10 plays have been shortlisted out of 233 plays by a six member jury,” says Ravi Dubey, creative director, META.
The theatre week is on till March 6 at Sri Ram centre and Kamani Auditorium.
The awards ceremony will take place on March7. Tickets are available at Tekson’s book shop, South Extension-1.
Other plays at the festival
March 5 Guti Phulor Gamusa (Assamese) at Sri Ram Centre, 5 pm
Sex, Morality and Censorship (Hindi) at Kamani Auditorium, 7.30 pmMarch 6
Blackbird (English) at Sri Ram Centre, 5 pm
Bharatkatha (English, Chattisgarhi and Bengali) at Kamani Auditorium, 7.30 pm