Theatre: East is East delivers a socio-cultural message

'East is East - A Musical Adaptation' has been adapted for the stage in Pakistan for the first time


Our Correspondent June 10, 2015
East is East- A Musical Adaptation is following the I Am Karachi project in its unique way of responding to rising socio-cultural tensions in Karachi. PHOTO: PRESS RELEASE

KARACHI:


‘East is East - A Musical Adaptation', a collaborative project between 'I Am Karachi' and the Music Art Dance (MAD) School, was first performed at the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) on Friday.


Originally written by British-Pakistani actor and playwright Ayub Khan-Din, 'East is East - A Musical Adaptation' has been adapted for the stage in Pakistan for the first time. It is co-directed by Nida Butt and Sunil Shankar and the music is created by Hamza Jafri.


"We support the 'I Am Karachi' campaign, which is a socio-cultural response to the rising tensions in Karachi," said Butt. "Therefore, the ticket prices have been set as low as Rs200 to ensure the presence of people from all over Karachi." She said that 'East is East' was chosen because of the socio-cultural message that lies in the comedy family drama.


After proving her mettle with plays, such as Mamma Mia and Grease, Butt won the hearts of the audience with an extraordinarily directed adaptation of East is East. The audience gave a standing ovation to the team at the end of the play.


The play will be performed at Napa every night till June 17.


Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2015. 

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