Delhi maybe getting ready for Commonwealth Games, but it is not forgetting its common men. This month, the aam aadmi finds a voice in various theatre performances. The Common Man theatre festival is a week-long affair that will stage works of well-known Indian and international playwrights, such as Bertolt Brecht, Dario Fo, Mahesh Dattani and Hindi’s great author Munshi Premchand, among many others.
“The festival is about the unanswered questions of the common man in our day-to-day life. Each play talks about issues like social structure, corruption and caste system,” says Arvind Gaur, the director of the festival.
Besides well-known plays like Court Martial, Ramkali and Final Solution, the festival includes street plays, too. “The productions in the festival, as the name suggests, deal with the issues related to people like us,” says Shiv Chauhan, actor and member of Asmita Theatre Group. “ We are performing around 10-12 street plays and 8 eight plays,” he adds.
This evening, the festival will showcase Ramkali, directed by Arvind Gaur.
It stars dancer Mallika Sarabhai as Ramkali. Adapted by Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Schewzan, the play raises the issue of what is right and wrong, and the never ending debate of evil versus good. The performance will take place at the Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House at 7 pm onwards.
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