Nepali Times Asian Paints
Back to Main Page

Wedekind’s wunderkinder

Sunday, February 19th, 2012
....................................................................................................

Intrigued by the premise of the late 19th-century play ‘Spring Awakening’ by German expressionist Frank Wedekind and curious about how far school dramas have moved on in the two decades since I was last on stage, I headed to Nepal Tourism Board for an adaptation by Ullens IB Theatre. The cheerful opening disclaimer along the lines of ‘we only had 10 days’ by Assistant Director Ankit Sharma should have alerted me; at the end I restrained myself from asking, ‘then why on earth did you choose such a difficult play?’

Adolescent boys and girls talk about and experience sex and love, abuse and suicide, against the suffocating backdrop of adults who willfully misunderstand them. It all ends quite darkly for the three lead characters, decently portrayed by Pragyan Thapa Ghimire, Sansar Kshetri, and Shrisha Pradhananga. But the performance was fatally hamstrung by abrupt transitions as well as the wooden renderings and inarticulate delivery of key supporting actors. Not to mention the inexplicable decision to have distracting Nepali classical playing throughout.

‘Spring Awakening’ delves into all the unspoken issues of our day, still as potent a century after Wedekind articulated them. But one can’t help but conclude that director Hannah Lilly was more enamoured of the notion of bringing these hot cakes to a Nepali audience than recognising the limitations of a slapdash performance with modern kids who may not have been given the time to truly understand and convey theatrically the bittersweet turbulences of adolescence. Certainly the players failed with the back row of the theatre, who had little more to offer than sniggers and the loud clacks of their cameras. A brave effort, no doubt, but as disappointing as a wet dream.

Go back to previous page          Bookmark and Share         



Leave a Reply

 

himalkhabar.com            

NEPALI TIMES IS A PUBLICATION OF HIMALMEDIA PRIVATE LIMITED | ABOUT US | ADVERTISE | SUBSCRIPTION | PRIVACY POLICY | TERMS OF USE | CONTACT