Synopsis : A Man for All Seasons
A Theatrical Biography of Sir Thomas More
In 1999 Prachyanat took out its second full length play and this time it would be a translation of a modern British playwright ─ Robert Bolt. The decision to produce A Man For All Seasons came as surprise to many because the general tone and subject matter of the play was a little too serious in nature. However, this play was very well received in spite of its treatment of a period of British history with which our audience is barely familiar.
The play is about the life and times of Sir Thomas More ─ member of the Privy Council, Speaker of House of Commons, and Chancellor of the Exchequer ─ who was ultimately decapitated at the order of Henry VIII. Through a portrayal of Sir Thomas’ public duty, spiritual quest and private agonies the play foreshadows the hero’s canonization by the Roman Catholic Church in 1935.
“When a man takes an oath,” Sir Thomas explains to his daughter Margaret in a soul-searching scene, “he’s holding his own self in his hands. Like water.” He cups his hands. “And if he opens his fingers then — he needn’t hope to find himself again. Some men aren’t capable of this, but I’d be loath to think your father one of them.”
“A Man for All Seasons” is the dramatized biography of Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor, statesman, and Member of the Privy Council. Today Sir Thomas is more remembered for his few political writings ― Utopia, most famous among these. The original script was prepared by the British playwright Robert Bolt and translated into Bengali by Shahed Iqbal. This was for the first time that a Robert Bolt play was produced in Dhaka. The play was co-sponsored by the British Council, Dhaka.
It would not be an exaggeration to claim that translated plays rarely, if ever, attain the stature, which this Prachyanat production has been able to achieve. A modern directorial strategy and set, light and costume design faithfully reconstructed the time and its ambient conflict.
Script: Robert Bolt
Bengali Translation: Shahed Iqbal
Direction: Azad Abul Kalam
Set and Light Design: Md. Shaiful Islam
Asst. Direction and Costume Design: Towfikul Islam Emon
Music Direction: Rahul Ananda
Cast: Toufikul I Emon, Azad A Kalam, Shakhawat H Rezvi, Topon Majumder, Reetu Sattar, Heera Chowdhury, Shatabdi Wadud, Shahed Ali and many more.
First Staged: 30/06/1999
Total Nights: 26
Duration: 2:00 min