This Sunday, plan an evening out with your friends and loved ones for a theatre performance that talks about contemporary Delhi and relationships in this city. Keep Tightly Closed in a Cool Dark Place is a comedy on marriage and its relevance.
Directed by Feisal Alkazi, the play revolves around three couples. “The play questions the relevance of marriage in today’s fast moving world, if it holds any importance for young people,” says Radhika Alkazi, who plays the character of Aaliya in the play. “Aaliya is a double faced woman. She is doing very well with her job but is always looking for something more.”
The play starts with Aaliya and Aamir who run a successful upmarket restaurant in Delhi. Every month they invite their close friends — the young couple Manoj and Sharmistha, and the vivacious character called Cat with her live-in younger partner Robbie for dinner.
As the story progresses, we see how these three couples react when alone and when with friends. It ends with the break-up of one of the couples and its impact on the other two.
The play is being presented in the aid of ASTHA (Alternative Strategies for the Handicapped), one of the few cross-disability NGOs working with children and persons with disabilities irrespective of the type and severity of disability.
“We prioritise working with children belonging to the poorest and most vulnerable sections of society. Every individual has a right to live with dignity. Ours is a small gesture to this movement,” says Radhika, who is also heads ASTHA.