Tartuffe (A French Play in Urdu)

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Tartuffe was originally written by Moliere in Paris in 1664. It was banned right after its first performance in France. The reason: it exposed the hypocrisy of religious bigots. As Pakistan, too, is reeling under religious hypocrisy, Theatre Wallay decided to perform this play in Pakistan in Urdu language. French was not an option because very few people in Pakistan understand French. English was also dropped as we wanted to connect with common Pakistanis; we did not want to do a play for the elite alone. Mr. Shaukat Niazi took up the Herculean task of translating this huge play into Urdu and he did a great job.

It was performed in the first week of April 2011 at PNCA Auditorium in Islamabad for three consecutive nights. All the three nights the hall was full to the capacity and people were sitting on stairs as well.

Creating Tartuffe (5 of 1)-16

The Credits:

 

The Cast

The Crew

Orgon

Salman Hyder

Direction

Tughral Turab Ali

Tartuffe

Tughral Turab Ali

Production

Fizza Hasan

Valère

Mirza Haidar Ali

Script

Moliere

Madame Pernelle

Fizza Hasan

Translation

Shaukat Niazi

Elmire

Asma Abrar

Set Design

 Romain Guilleux

Dorine

Anjum Rehman

Set Execution

Iqbal Gasper

Cléante

Safeer Ullah Khan

Costumes

Mehreen Mughal

Mariane

Sara Ahsan

Sounds

Ikram Ullah Khan

Damis

Hishaam Muzaffar

Lights

Junaid Malik

Flipote

Kazim Hussain

 Stage Manager  Kazim Hussain

Monsieur Loyal

Khwaja Zahiruddin

 Props  Ali Saggu/Osman Tariq

King’s Officer

Mirza Muhammad Ali

 Art Work  Hassan Pasha

 

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