Among the hustle of new film releases, artists at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) are busy preparing for their upcoming stage performance of the play ‘Panja Shikanja’. It is a play that explores the political history of Pakistan in the form of a high-value theatre.
Panja Shikanja is a fable woven around our socio-political-culture in this country. It is about a dream and a joke which returns with bizarre consequences.
The story of Panja Shikanja is about a cat, five innocent kittens, a critical rooster, a philosopher dog, a compulsive dreamer, the ruthless King and all his men. But most importantly, it is about the lust for eternal control and power.
The amazing part is that a total of 60 artists including a Chinese artist will be performing in this play.
Wang Shan, who will play the role of a Chinese doll in the drama said that it is a great experience to be working with Pakistani artists and praised them for their talent and natural acting. Comparing Chinese theater with Pakistani theater, Ms. Shan said that Pakistani artists are more spontaneous-more dynamic while Chinese are more rigid culturally as they follow rules more strictly.
Nevertheless, Panja Shikanja is hilariously funny, complemented by mesmerizing music, dances, drama, innovative costumes and special effects that will take no time in engaging you.
The play is directed by Jamal Shah, who is the Director General of PNCA. In addition, he is the one who scripted and directed the drama and will be playing the lead role in the play as Badshah Salamat. He even added that the play is hilarious.
Venue, Date & Timings:
The play will take place at the PNCA, Islamabad. Pre-bookings will be open only at Bookitnow.pk (Click here to book your passes before they run out!)
Dates: 16, Aug 2018 to 20, Aug 2018
Playwriter: Jamal Shah and Ibrahim Gogi.
Director: Jamal Shah.
Assistant director: Asif Shah & Akash Bukhari.
CAST: Jamal Shah, Nayma Butt, Ali Saleem, Babar Niazi, Yar Mohammmad, Sooraj Khan, Asif Shah, Waqar Azeem, Samreen Ali, and Saeed Anwar.
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