Tragedy of Polashbari

In the midnight of 11 April 2005, the nine-storied building of the Spectrum Sweater and Knitting factory at Polashbari, Savar collapsed into a heap of rubble in an instance.  At that time, more than hundreds of the workers were working in the night shift inside the factory. Almost 64 workers were killed instantly on that occurrence. From the report of the investigation committee, it was revealed that the building was constructed three years before on a swampy low lying land, without taking necessary precautions for risk factors. The play `Tragedy of Polashbari’ has been written based on that event, where `Taravan’ has been portrayed as one of the workers of the factory who died in that event. She is a reflection of the workers who came to work during the night shift on that frightful night. The play has been weaved with the thread of her nostalgic remembrance of a cycle of her memories, dreams and life. The ceiling may fall down at any moment and smash her life without letting her a chance to move. In this situation she somehow identifies herself with the equation of what she has got in life and what she has not. She represents hundreds of Taravans who also feel the same; some of them die in the same manner, some of them survive though live of a zipped-tongued, docile slave as if they are nothing other than machines in the factory.

In a parallel manner, the same incident is also projected from the view point of Mr. West, who is an outsourcing person from abroad. Mr. West’s reaction on this sudden incident as portrayed vividly to the outside world – never does reach the Taravans nor do they have a chance to know.

Play and Direction : Azad Abul Kalam
Set and Light : Hashnat Ripon
Music and Sound : Neel Kamrul
Choreography : Snata Shahrin
Costume : Bilkis Jahan Jaba
Props : Afsan Anwar
Video : Saiful Islam Jarnal
Production Manager : Rifat Ahmed Nobel
Poster and Leaflet :  Sabyasachi Hazra