letters on stage
The heart-rending, timely tale revolving around the repercussions
of war, War Letters, directed by Juanita Beling and performed by
the Reachdrama Theatre Group, which had to be postponed due to unavoidable
circumstances, will be staged at the Namel-Malini Punchi Theatre,
on March 11 and 12, at 7.30 p.m.
play is about three women, Leela, Kamala and Malee, representing
three generations – mother, wife and daughter of an army officer,
Udara. It is set in a rural village in the south. The play seeks
to give the audience some insight into the world of these women.
The simple dialogue displays how each of them deal with the departure
of a son, husband and father to the battlefield and the reality
of the fact that they might never see him again. Whilst awaiting
anxiously for his return, powerless in the face of a war that shows
no sign of ending, they find themselves hoping, praying, wishing
that it would in fact end and bring Udara back home soon. The script
cleverly captures the frustrations, hopelessness, helplessness and
loneliness that each of them feel.
the play addresses certain issues currently plaguing our nation.
Today we are enjoying peace as a result of the cessation of hostilities
in the North East. Yet we need to only glance through the newspapers
to see that, the absence of war, is by no means the presence of
peace. The slumber of one form of violence has provoked various
other forms of it, to action; raising its ugly head in every nook
and cranny of our nation. Today, murder, rape, theft, and the like
are rampant and have necessitated the re-introduction of the death
penalty for certain crimes. The war is over. But peace is still
will be available at the Punchi Theatre.