ISLAMABAD: Students of Quaid-e-Azam University presented a comedy drama play Hire Fire at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) on Sunday. The second day of the Youth Drama Festival was an even bigger success than the opening night.
Sporting a full house, the auditorium roared with laughter at the highly comic over-the-top jokes. Directed by Sadia Shahid and produced by Shaista Nazir of Quaid-e-Azam University, the play was a huge success and gathered much support from the crowd.
The story line revolved around coworkers at an office, each falling in love with the other. The show started of with Sooraj Khan breaking into a dance. The introduction of the cast and the dynamics of the couples were very interestingly executed via comedic dance numbers to some of Pakistan’s old classics such as Mr Fraudiya and Chief Saab. For a change, the audience was buzzing with excitement at the reemergence of Pakistani music on main stage Pakistani theatre.
The comedy and dynamics between the couples were well executed and the actors played with the text and portrayed the issues they face in asking a girl out in office situations. The tagline for the play ‘Comedy Drama with a Message’ focused on the way people can be materialistic and how office dynamics work in terms of seniority. Moreover, the interaction between the police and the layman was exaggerated and hinted upon the corruption that takes place in the society.
Overall the evening was entertaining and PNCA took a greater initiative in controlling the crowd and ensured that the families in the audience did not feel uncomfortable. With the dance numbers and comedic script, the actors captured the essence of their characters and embodied them perfectly.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 3rd, 2011.