Tamaasha Theatre is known for staging unconventional plays. More often, their productions do not even classify as plays, but rather a collection of written pieces, dramatically performed. The latest production, Words Have Been Uttered is no different. It is a collection of stories, plays, songs, poetry, and other written material by various prominent writers. The performance is staged at Studio Tamaasha – Tamaasha Theatre's own stage, where it is set to run over the weekend, and return in the last week of August. If you haven't caught it yet, here's why you should.
Words Have Been Uttered comprises 28 pieces, revolving around a common theme – dissent. A highly relevant play in any era, the name suggests how thinkers, philosophers, writers, poets, and revolutionaries used the power of the written word for expression. As one of the pieces in the production goes, "Words have been uttered long before us, and will be long after we're gone." This was a poetry written originally in Punjabi by Lal Singh Dil, and later translated by Nirupama Dutt. Several pieces have been translated into languages that are familiar to the general public. Others are performed in their original languages, with translations projected on the screen behind the actors.
Some of the pieces definitely stand out, and stay with the audience long after the performance is done. One of them is Dear Democracy. Originally written in Marathi by Sachin Mali, the piece is performed in Hindi by Hemant Hazare. Unblinkingly, he narrates the poem with such intensity, it leaves you with goosebumps. Hazare's performance in the dramatization of Omar Khayyam – an Arabic short story performed in Hindi – is also noteworthy. The only complaint you can have is not seeing enough of Hazare throughout the performance.
Another actor who surprises you is the director Sunil Shanbag himself. During Blank Page, we didn't get to see much of Shanbag, but he was a part of a number of pieces in this one. He is a delight to watch on stage, and managed to grab our attention in every piece he performed.
Another person to watch out for is Ayesha Raza. She too was a part of a number of pieces, and performed solo in The Lihaaf Trial – an excerpt from the autobiography of Ismat Chugtai. She read the piece with such fervour, it seemed like she had embodied the spirit of the famous writer herself. We have seen Raza's dramatization before in Urdu Readings, and this performance was even better than that.
There's a lot more to say about the individual pieces and the overall performance, but we don't want to give out more about the play. This is a performance that is best enjoyed live in the quaint studio of Andheri. Book your tickets on our site, and we promise it will be an evening you won't forget anytime soon.