Ajoka’s resumes on ground theatre with” Lappar”

Lahore (Qasim Ali) Ajoka Theatre resumed Saturday on-ground performances interrupted by the Corona Pandemic,  reviving its acclaimed play “Lappar”. The play was also live-streamed on Facebook. Written by Ajoka’s Shahid Nadeem and originally directed by late Ajoka founder Madeeha Gauhar, the play is about the prejudice against the girl child. Presented in the well known Ajoka style of addressing g serious issues in an artistic and entertaining way, “ Lappar” has songs and satire to enable the audience to be amused  and  enlightened by the performance.

The Chief Guest Justice (rtd) Nasira Iqbal congratulated Ajoka for resuming its struggle for the promotion of social issues through entertaining theatre. She appreciated the performances of the all- female cast, which included young actors appearing on stage for the first time. Shahid Nadeem said the hybrid performance was an experiment, a sign of the future shape of theatre in future. He vowed that Ajoka will continue to raise social awareness with meaningful productions.
The cast included Razia Malik, Aisha Hasan, Madeeha Rasheed, Ishrat Shaheen. Shagufta Saleem, Rania Mohsin, Shiza Khan and Yusra Irfan. The play received enthusiastic applause from the on-ground and online audience.

Ajoka chairperson Zara Salman, General Secretary Sohail Warraich and Ajoka’s Institute director Nirvaan Nadeem also attended the performance.  Nirvaan said it is very encouraging to see young actors, especially young girls, participating in theatre with such commitment.  He said that play is actually a slap on the face of unjust patriarchal values which discriminates against the girl child. He said that it is very distressing that the story of the play is still relevant today. Zara Salman thanked Australia Awards alumni for organizing an exclusive Facebook event to watch the performance.