An intimate drama that blurs the boundaries between performer and audience

Bismaykar Sabkichhu is a unique rendition of “Every Brilliant Thing” by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe

February 11, 2022, 11:00 a.m.

Last modification: February 11, 2022, 11:01 a.m.

Poster credit: Sabyasachi Hajra


Poster credit: Sabyasachi Hajra

Maya took the stage and took us back in time when she first encountered death. It was the death of his dog, Byomkesh Bakshi.

As the show progressed, seven-year-old Maya witnessed her mother attempt suicide. She made a list for her mother in an effort to prevent her from committing suicide. It was a list of things that make life worth living.

This list has become an important part of Maya’s daily life. She started jotting down every precious moment she ever encountered.

An initiative of the ‘Spardha’ theater group, ‘Bismaykar Sabkicchu’ is a one-character interactive play based on ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe. The play was directed by Dr. Syed Jamil Ahmed – playwright and chair of Dhaka University’s Department of Drama and Music – and stars Mohsina Akhter as Maya.

The entire play is delivered through monologues and conversations, but Mohsina Akhter wasn’t the only performer on the show. Rather, it directly interacts and engages the audience throughout. Although audience participation may seem daunting to many, Mohsina’s tone – throughout the act – never failed to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

At the start of the show, the audience learned how Maya used the list to deal with life’s ups and downs. Sometimes when she was feeling down and down, she would come back to the list and it reminded her of her ability to endure and move on.

Bismaykar Sabkichhu aims to raise awareness about suicide. The story explored his need for compassion and support when he suffers from different forms of mental illness. Additionally, it also talks about the responsibilities of the media when reporting a suicide.

The play established a deep connection with its audience, allowing them to explore their innermost emotions and appreciate the beauty of the little things in life. Mohammad Iqbal Hossain’s light direction and Mohammad Sohel Rana’s sound direction also added layers to the performance that brought the whole experience to life.

Spardha’s Bismaykar Sabkichhu is also an initiative to find alternative theater spaces in the city. They are available to perform at private events and are ready to bring the show directly to theatergoers in Dhaka. They need an interior space of 25 feet long and 15 feet wide to stage the play. However, the troupe only allows a maximum capacity of 35 people during the same show.

“Bismaykar Sabkicchu” is an engaging piece with a captivating story, as we follow Maya through her teenage years to her maturity. The piece leaves you feeling like you were an essential part of its story.

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