Ten actors of 'Rah-e-Sabz' theatre group from Afghanistan is now in the capital and will enact the play in Dari language tomorrow at the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.
For the actors and director Corinne Jaber, a French national, a last minute change in plans in their rehearsals helped them avoid a terror attack at their rehearsal space in Karte Parwan district of the Afghan capital Kabul. The attack took place on August 19 last year.
"I had asked the cast if they wanted to rehearse in the early hours because it was Ramzan, but they said they did not. The attack happened at 5.30 AM, so that decision saved us," Jaber said.
"The people in Afghanistan have come out after 25 years of war and theatre has never been a part of Afghan tradition," he added.
The play tells the story of two sets of identical twins who were separated after a sandstorm at birth, followed by a journey filled with bewilderment and a twinge of romantic comedy as they land in Kabul.
The Taliban had banned cultural activities including theatrical performances in Afghanistan.
"It is always very encouraging and exciting to see the reemergence of artistic forms in Afghanistan after a long period of turmoil and instability. Promotion of arts and culture invariably brings certain sense of normalcy and stability to any society.
"Cultural diplomacy works not only between different nations but also within the society to add strength and stability to it," Director General of ICCR, Suresh K Goel said.
The Dari version of 'The Comedy of Errors' will bring to us struggles and dreams of the contemporary Afghanistan society, he said.