Wings Theatre stages classic novel ‘The Book Thief’ in city

  • SD Sharma, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Dec 31, 2015 10:59 IST
Artistes performing the play ‘The Book Thief’, which is being staged at St Kabir Public School auditorium in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (GURPREET SINGH/HT)


Wings Theatre Academy staged their annual drama production ‘The Book Thief’ in collaboration with St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, at the school’s auditorium here on Wednesday. The play was based on Australian author Markus Zusak’s popular classic novel of the same title.

The play was performed under the director of Zubin Mehta. The actors brought to life the story of a ten-year-old girl, Liesel Meminger, travelling with her mother and brother who were outcasted by the fascist Germans during the turbulent times of the Second World War.

The play suggested that words are the most potent force through which people connect with each other. It portrayed that even Hitler used the power of words and not guns to conquer the minds of his countrymen. Emulating Hitler, Leisel, an illiterate but a sensible girl uses words of love and affection to create a refuge not only for herself but also her family and friends amidst the pervading atmosphere of Nazism.

The main plot of love, in all its manifestations, also intertwines with the themes of identity and language, writing and reading. The author had employed a character called ‘Death’ as the narrator of the play.Various characters of the play were essayed by Aeshna Jain (Rosa), Pratul Kalra (Hans), Prerna Bakshi (Leisel Meminger) and Guralam Singh (Max).The story was narrated Neha Khanna as Death.

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