‘Game of death’: Student group protests through street theatre

Published: February 22, 2011

A student theatre group put on a short play called ‘Maut ka khel’ (Game of death) about the Raymond Davis case in a novel protest against the American presence in Pakistan.

LAHORE: A student theatre group put on a short play called ‘Maut ka khel’ (Game of death) about the Raymond Davis case in a novel protest against the American presence in Pakistan.

The play was staged on the street at Jain Mandir Chowk on Lytton Road, which the organisers erroneously claimed was the site at which a bystander was allegedly run over and killed by a US consulate car.

Muhammad Anas, spokesman for the Goonj theatre group, said the objective of the performance was to raise awareness about the increasing American involvement in Pakistan and to expressed solidarity with the families of the men allegedly killed by Davis and the US consulate car.

“We want to show that Raymond Davis is not an isolated case.

Punishing him will not end the problem as he is only the tip of the iceberg.

We should end American intervention in our country,” he said.

Anas added that a street theatre performance was less inconvenient for the general public than a demonstration. “It’s important to explore new ways of conveying messages to the public,” he said.

The audience was generally appreciative of the student performers’ efforts and their message.

Sajid Akhtar said the students were taking an important step towards revolution. He said that the play had provided a new perspective on the issue. He said that it was better to protest in this way than to block the roads.

Muhammad Islam said that the students had shown that Pakistani youths have the potential to change the country for the better. “Their message really came across. It was hard to understand at first but as the drama progressed the message unfolded.”

Published in The Express Tribune, February 22nd, 2011.

Reader Comments (8)

  • mustafa jamaluddin
    Feb 22, 2011 - 10:55AM

    Why didn’t these youth groups put on a street performance when a religious savage pumped 27 bullets into the man he was entrusted with guarding??

    Why doesnt goonj put on a show for the girls who’ve had acid thrown on their faces for daring to exercise their basic fundamental right of choosing their husband themselves??

    Why don’t these groups put on a show for the 9 year old girl child who was raped by her “husband” because a maulvi had said it was alright to marry a 9 year old child ??Recommend

  • afsar amjad
    Feb 22, 2011 - 10:58AM

    The whole media is huffing & puffing over the davis affair.
    These street performers need to put on street shows against the maulvis spreading hate,intolerance & oppression of women in their mosques & madrassas.Recommend

  • muhammad usman
    Feb 22, 2011 - 11:59AM

    these youth groups should also do street theatre to condemn the savage practices of karo kari & wani.Recommend

  • Awais
    Feb 22, 2011 - 4:18PM

    why dont you, who only know how to point some one, come forward and raise your voice.
    you all are pro Raymond people you NGOs know if America becomes angry no one will fund you. and for your kind information many NGOs are raising their voice against your said issues but Goonj is the one who is i think is a Pro Pakistani street theater group. what ever they feel right they will put on a street theater.
    and do remember when you point one finger to someone they rest 4 are pointing yourself. Recommend

  • Feb 22, 2011 - 6:32PM

    @Mustafa: This group shed light on an issue which was important and sensitive from their view point and such negative criticism from you is of no help at all. If you find other issues to be of more importance, may be you should organize plays on those topics yourself?!?Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Feb 22, 2011 - 9:14PM

    @Mustafa: Appreciate your concern and realize that all these are menace to our social values. Dear Tell me what efforts you have made for public awareness and efforts that will reduce such type of incidents? I am a religious..well you can call me a maulvi because i got a long beared too…and I am a silent protester even in Raymond Case. Second and more importantly, when u compare you must compare between the matchables; it is not fare to compare the local issues with international issues. Having said that karo kari, rapes no matter by husband to a 9 yr old or by a modern to his GF, drinking and selling ‘Sharab’ promoting a dance party and dating culture all is condemnable and must be removed from our society. Recommend

  • Zaofi
    Feb 25, 2011 - 6:47AM

    @mustafa jamaluddin:

    Why don’t you write something significant rather than all this negativity ? and how could you be so sure that they didn’t perform play on the issues you mentioned? Perhaps they did and only this one got coverage. Your pessimism is not going to favor you in anyway dude. Recommend

  • Benchmark
    Feb 27, 2011 - 1:42AM

    @mustafa jamaluddin:

    I think they should perform another to protest sorry fellows like you. What have you done on the points you have mentioned yourself?Recommend

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