Stories about play

Pawnay 14 August: Silence for brilliance

A theatre play about Pakistan, revolving around the theme of August 14 which sports characters like Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Dr Allama Mohammad Iqbal and Maulana Shaukat Ali Johar does not sound like your average musical advocating freedom of sexual orientation – and thus, it perhaps does not warrant the same media attention. Even I would not have attended it had it not been for a violent strike that paralysed the city and left me looking for some aesthetic relief. To my surprise, I was told that the play is not only running but pulling packed audiences. I was lucky ...

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An insider at Karachi – The Musical rehearsals

Inspired by the boxing fever that has engulfed Karachi’s district of Lyari, ‘Karachi– Haar na Mano’ is Pakistan’s first musical with an original score and script.  “The inspiration comes simply from watching a television report on boxing in Lyari,” said Nida Butt, the director, choreographer and co-producer. “I was quiet surprised to find that we have such a rich boxing history and that boxing is a sport that Pakistan has forgotten, but Lyari hasn’t forgotten.” The story follows the aspirations of a young wannabe boxer traveling from Multan in search of Pakistan’s best coach. His search leads him to Karachi troubled district of ...

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Khamosh Kalam: The psychology of a writer

Khamosh Kalam, a production of Laaltain – the IVS performing arts society – won the blue ribbon at the Youth Theatre Festival arranged by the Youth Affairs Ministry in collaboration with the Arts Council. The play is a mime that deals with the creative struggle of a writer as he crafts the perfect anecdote. I spoke with the scriptwriters and directors, Zehra Nawab (Foundation year student, IVS) and Arsal Hasan (Second year student, IVS) who discuss the challenges of theatre art in Pakistan. How did the idea for Khamosh Kalam come about? Khamosh Kalam was derived from a question that ...

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Chelsea’s detrimental obsession

Another year has gone by, and Chelsea still waits to win the European Cup. The Blues were well beaten by a Manchester United team who Marseille manager Didier Deschamps claimed lacked fantasy and who Spurs boss Harry Redknapp stated were winning the league by default. It was a disappointing exit for Chelsea who have been banging on the door year after year but have not been let in despite spending millions and changing managers. It was built up to be a classic all-English quarter-final between two giants that were in no mood to miss a chance to reach a London final. ...

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Pakistan vs India: Shoaib Akhtar must play in the semi-final

It was easily one of the most one-sided encounters, in all world cups, as Pakistan thrashed West Indies by 10 wickets to reach the semi-finals for the sixth time in the tournament’s history. The Shere Bangla National Stadium, where Bangladesh were crushed by 10 wickets earlier by the West Indies, now stood up to applaud Pakistan avenge their defeat by the same opposition. It was too easy a win. West Indies batsmen fell like ninepins and Pakistan openers seemed to be in a hurry to knock off the meager total. But there’s still a lot to learn. Yes, it was ...

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I watched Pakistan scare the Kangaroos

As I boarded the flight to Colombo to watch Pakistan play Australia, I wondered why I was going. All the matches I had ever seen Pakistan play in a stadium dating back to 1987, we had lost. Also, we were playing the mighty Australians who were on an unbeaten 34 match streak. I comforted myself with the thought that the unpredictable Pakistan could tame the Australians. There were so many Pakistanis in Colombo that it seemed like I was in Karachi or Lahore. The second I told anyone I was from Pakistan, they assumed I was there to watch the match and ...

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Australia vs Pakistan: Finally, the Kangaroos retreat!

I am proud of you, team Pakistan! You have done what no other team has been able to do since you did it in 1999; you thrashed Australia in a World Cup match. The jubilation of Pakistanis across the world is apparent on social media websites like Twitter and Facebook. Even the defectors joined the chorus of euphoria; people who had disowned Team Green after we lost the match against New Zealand are now supporters again. Unplayable deliveries Before I go on to talk about the batting woes, in the words of many Pakistani captains I would like to say “First of all, ...

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Cricket fever goes digital!

It’s finally here! What we’ve all been waiting for — the ICC World Cup 2011. The tournament has brought with it a month of cricket madness. But what happens to the dedicated cricket fan when, God forbid, you miss an important match? The world wide web may have a solution. While you wait for match highlights on TV, you can also obtain a complete low down of what went on during a match through numerous cricket websites. You can view a ball-by-ball commentary of the matches, get updates on the latest news in the world of cricket, as well as ...

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Pakistan cricketers: Fitness key to batting form

The endless late nights comprising hours of pajama cricket have commenced, Black Eyed Peas is blaring out after every boundary scored and the countless commercials will play for the next six weeks. Perhaps what keeps most Pakistani cricket fanatics up at night is debating their side’s batsmen and their batting order. ‘Why don’t they move this person down and they should play this guy’ are just two of the comments thrown at me continuously over the past three years. My batting expertise comprises slogging a Shoaib Akhtar half-tracker that he lobbed at me when I first arrived at the NCA on ...

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Pakistan should strategise according to venue

The much-awaited World Cup 2011 has begun with India being labelled the favourites. From a cursory look at the seven teams in Group A, it appears as if Pakistan can march quite easily to the quarter-finals. However, the biggest question is not of the progress Pakistan make, but the strategy that would be adopted by the 1992 champions. Pakistan playone match in Hambantota, two in Kandy and three in Colombo. Hambantota would be a completely new ground and the untested pitch will present a challenge even if the match is against minnows Kenya. Pakistan should go into these matches with both the ...

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