Since its inception, Seagull Repertory has been produced many plays under different directors and toured with productions.
Seagull already visited many places and participated festivals several times with different plays including-
New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Raipur, Siliguri, Rohtak, Barpeta, Ernakulam, Banglore, Pune, Dhardwar, Amritsar, Bhopal, Jorhat, Allahabad, Mao,Tezpur, Dibrugarh, Nogaon, Ujjain, Indore, Patna, Jabalpur, Begusarai, Kerala, Baroda, Agartala, Rajastan, Lacknow, Gangtak etc.
As we know that Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay was an Indian social reformer and freedom fighter. She is most remembered for her contribution to the Indian independence movement; for being the driving force behind the renaissance of Indian handicrafts, handlooms, and theatre in independent India; and for upliftment of the socio-economic standard of Indian women by pioneering the co-operative movement.Several cultural institutions in India today exist because of her vision, including the National School of Drama, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Central Cottage Industries Emporium, and the Crafts Council of India. She stressed the significance which handicrafts and cooperative grassroot movements play in the social and economic upliftment of the Indian people. To this end she withstood great opposition both before and after independence from the power centers.
Smt. Vaidehee– a well known writer from Karnataka and Sahitya Akademi awardee wrote a book on Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay.
And Bhagirathi Bai Kadam from Mysore, Karnataka, now who run a theatre group SEAGULL in Assam, developed a play KAMALADEVI on Vaidehee’s book. She has been performed the play in New Delhi and some places in Assam.read more
Aakash is a realistic comedy play written by Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia and Directed by Baharul Islam.
AKASH is a comical story by Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia. It portrays the concern of a father whose daughter is about to get married.
The protagonist Mr. Jyotirmoy Choudhury is a concerned father receives an unknown letter revealing the love trysts of his would be son in law. With only six days to go for the wedding ceremony, the old man starts having sleepless nights due to the letter.In one such night, he wakes up and with deep concern and hidden fear of the consequences of such wedding he starts introspecting the letter and the situations that can arise.He recollects the day when his daughter came to this world, the celebrations, and the happiness that surrounded their life. With such love and care he raised his daughter, and now if he gives her away to guy of such character, how will be her life?Mr. Jyotirmoy Choudhury tries to sleep again but gets up as some thoughts comes to his mind… read more
Playwright- Eugene Ionesco Director- Baharul Islam
Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros is a captivating, critically acclaimed commentary on what is absurd about human nature. Like the abstract artists of the early 20th century, Ionesco abstracts reality to comedic and terrifying effect. His unusual language, stylized structure, and grand symbolism define the writer’s place as the premiere playwright in what is known as the Theater of the Absurd.
From the opening scene, Ionesco asks how humans determine (or ought to determine) our self-worth. Is it from appearances, as Jean would convince Berenger? Or is it from something greater, something more complex and courageous, something that Berenger finally discovers? In his final line–“I will not capitulate!”–Berenger comes fully into his own and accepts that what matters most is not on the outside but what lies within. That is, any lasting sense of human self-worth arises from what makes us most human: our reasoned courage to follow through on our ethical principles in the face of changing circumstances.read more..
Based on Rabindra Nath tagore’s short story
Design & Direction: Baharul Isalm
Madhyabartini, a classic story of Rabindra Nath Tagore is in fact an instinctive expression of one man and two women about love in marital life.
NIVARAN and HARASUNDARI have been leaving as husband and wife without extension of the life. One day Harasundari makes a strange request to Nivaran that he should go for another marriage with a young girl SAILOBALA.
After repeated insistences, Nivaran has finally agreed.
Young bride Sailobala enters into Nivaran’s house.
Nivaran starts getting taste of Love.
Harasundari feels deprived as if somewhere she has been betrayed.
At the age of forty plus Nivaran receives freshness of life, because of Sailobala.
On the other side, Sailobala feels suffocated out of Nivaran’s over whelming love. It’s a triangular story of love and pain.At last, pregnant Sailobala dies.
Again, after a long interval, Nivaran and Harasundari go to the bed, but because of psychological presence of one woman they could not sleep together.
An undesired woman starts crying in between them and she is MADHYABARTINI.read more
The silence is broken by a racket of repeated clanging – the doorbell. It is the Student, and she is here for her lesson. Bright, young and eager to learn, she immediately puts the nervous, bumbling Professor on edge.
What follows is a brilliantly absurdist foray into the nature of education, challenging the audience’s perceptions of what it means to be taught a lesson. As the balance of power shifts and the Professor forces his unwilling Student to learn, Marie the maid cautions him again and again not to over-exert himself. But as Arithmetic leads to Philology, and Philology leads to Crime… the play reaches its startling climax.
Darkly comic and insistently thought-provoking, “The Lesson” is one of Ionesco’s most accessible plays, and promises a spellbinding afternoon’s entertainment for all and sundry.read more…
Anton Chekhov’s play in Hindi
Director Baharul Islam says “The Seagull is a play without protagonist, where there is a deluge of love, dreams, delusions, frustrations and splendor of nature. But as a regular theatre practitioner, The seagull becomes a representation of that mirror in which, not only I see my reflection from various different angles but also I can tear the mirror apart and dissect various images in to different fragments of my own vision….and see my own purpose and meaning of life and marvel at the dynamic expression called life!
Through this production, I am also trying to check myself, to tweak my sensibilities and identify my own sense of responsibility as an artist, as a director who has the opportunity of expressing of expressing his views to the world. To realign my purpose and vision and keep my ego under check, The Seagull is a perfect tool.read more
Original Novel DOTAL HAATIR WOOYE KHOA HAUDA by Dr. Mamoni Raisom Goswami
Dramatization and Direction: Baharul Islam
In the post-independence era, along with many regions of the lower Assam the grip of opium was tremendous even in the Satras. As a consequence disaster came to the lives of many. The satras were not only places o religious practices, but also they played a prominent role in the direction of the society.
At that time the elephant was considered and prayed as a man’s strength. On the other hand the elephant was also used as a means of livelihood.
During the time of post independence Communism flourished. “One who owes the plough owes the land” – with this energy, the communists became a headache for the Adhikar of satras.
The journey of two Brahmin widows living in the midst of the satras at that time is the theme of our play “Apeksha”. Read More…..
YATRA the journey
Based on Imran Husain’s short story
Script and Direction: Baharul Islam
Rabiya is a divorced lady. She earns her living by selling firewood. In her work her sister sakitan “s daughter Dulali helps her. A lady who is socially divorced is not fit to live in the society and so sakitan scolds Rabiya and also forcefully takes away Dulali from that place.
Rabiya recollects her past when she lived happily with her husband Hannan. On a special occasion Hannan invited the Moulabi and some other persons and organized a milad at his home. On that occasion Hannan prepared the meat for the milad by killing Rabiya’’s pet duck. The ladies were busy in cooking while the male members were listening to the Moulabi, who was giving sermons on Allah. Moulabi during the discussion, made a reference to beautiful fairies. At that moment Hannan saw a beautiful girl at work, and he got attracted. Rabiya’’s casual talk with the Moulabi became a big reason for Hannan to bash her up in front of all present. He also sexually assaulted her throughout the night. The nest mooning Hannan divorced Rabiya for no reason and also gave her 21 rupees that was fixed at the time of their
Soon Hannan married the beautiful girl who was of his daughter’s age and took her to his home.
After this, started the solitary life of Rabiya. She continued to live there by force of her will power and by selling firewood. Dulali also helped Rabiya openly in facing the crisis of her life.
On the other hand Hannan could not satisfy his new wife and became worn out physically and mentally. The young wife left Hannan and ran away with another boy. Hannan got despaired and approached Rabiya to marry her again. At first “Rabiya was cruel towards him but looking at his pitiable condition mellowed down and agreed to marry him. But the dictates of religion came in the way. Hannan asked Rabiya to marry the Moulabi. Rabiya disagreed. Hannan and Moulabi told Rabiya about the religious custom that if a divorced lady wanted to remarry her earlier husband, she would have to marry another person first and spend 3 months with him and at least once there should be a physical relation between them. Thereafter when the man divorced her, then only her earlier husband would accept her.
How Rabiya faces the whole situation is depicted in the play YATRA- The journey. Read more….