The Unseen gives you a peek into prison life
A darkly humorous play by American playwright and Emmy-nominated television writer Craig Wright, The Unseen, at first glance is about two prisoners held for 11 years for unknown crimes and the friendship they form to keep each othera��s minds and spirits alive. a�?They are tortured on a regular basis, led by a guard with whom they have a strange relationship that might be called friendship,a�? explains director Kanchan Bhattacharya, adding that it takes off when an enigmatic inmateA� arrives in the cell between the two and starts communicating in code. a�?Ita��s an exploration of the mind, hope, faith and relationships,a�? shares the debutant director.
a�?Roy Sinai and Salmin Sheriff play the two prisoners and Anshul Pathak plays the role of the prison guard,a�? he tells us, adding, a�?I auditioned a number of actors before I settled on this combination. But Anshul was the only one I wanted for the role of the guard.a�?A� But what he did find hard was the set. a�?I agonised for days about my set design. Also, the soundscape is quite an integral part. It is like another character,a�? Bhattacharya reveals.
Saying that he hasna��t improvised Wrighta��s work because a�?it is universal in its concepta��, Bhattacharya shares, a�?I am just trying to tell a story which weaves philosophy and entertainment. Some might walk away hopeful, some might be entertained, some might be revolted. I just want to make sure the story is told right.a�?
Look out for brilliant dialogue and characters that shift wonderfully between quirky and hopeful, and dark and despairing. Also, some stellar lighting design by talented Pritham Kumar, we hear. a�?Come to watch great actors playing out a fascinating story against a backdrop of beautiful lighting. Laugh or cry, you will be entertained,a�? he signs off.
May 1-3 at Jagriti, Varthur Road.
Tickets (`300) on
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