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The Dear Departed play showcase on the third day 9th Natrang Theatre Festival
1/29/2019 10:27:36 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 29: An experimental performance of Stanley Houghton's popular play 'The Dear Departed' translated in Hindi by Sewak Nayyar and Directed by Neeraj Kant was presented on third day of 9th Natrang Theatre Festival. 9th Natrang Theatre Festival is being organised in connection with the celebrations of Natrang's 35 glorious years.
The play was a hard hitting satire on the condition of the elderly people who are being abandoned and neglected by their own children. The play asserts that even elderly people may choose to live with pride and grace, despite their old age.
In the beginning of the play, 'Mrs. Slater' goes to offer something to grandfather 'Abel Merry weather' and finds him quite cold and motionless. She declares that the grandfather is no more. Accordingly, her sister and her husband, the 'Jordans' are informed about the sudden demise of the grandfather. 'Mrs. Slater' and her husband are busy making arrangement for the mourning. They are expecting the Jordans to join them.
They start using various materials used by the grandfather. 'Victoria', daughter of Mrs. Slater does not like all these but reluctantly she is helping her parents in these matters. Mrs. Slater is not willing to share everything of her father's belongings with Mrs. Jordan. When all these arrangements are being done, the Jordans arrive to join them.
The family members start detailed conversation on the deeds of the grandfather, planning the details of the obituary announcement in the papers and the insurance premium payment.
They start discussion over the distribution of grandfather's belongings among them.
Amid these discussions and debates, to everybody's surprise, grandfather (who was actually alive) is seen coming downstairs. He is surprised to find the Jordans. No one dares to tell him that he has been declared 'dead'.
While taking tea, the truth comes out and the grandfather gets to know how his daughters have been in a hurry to divide his possessions among them. On knowing the harsh reality, the grandfather decides not to live with any of his daughters.
He even expresses his final intention to change his Will. He declares that he is going to give everything to 'Mrs. Shorrocks' whom he will marry. He feels that by marrying he will have someone to look after him wholeheartedly without considering him to be a burden.
Natrang's young actors who performed in the play included Brighu Sharma, Abhinav Sharma, Meenakshi Bhagat, Sameena Kousar, Brijesh Avtar Sharma and Saanvi Anand. Lights were operated by Neeraj Kant whereas the sound was rendered by Manoj Lalotra.
Sushant Singh Charak presented the show before the audience and the show was coordinated by Mohd Yaseen. On the concluding day of 9th Natrang Theatre Festival, Munshi Premchand's 'Sadgati' will be presented under the Direction of Neeraj Kant at 5 pm at Natrang Studio Theatre, Jammu.
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