Theatre Wallay, with support from Total PARCO, Alliance Francaise D’ Islamabad, and the Embassy of France, performed Moliere’s The School for Wives (L’école des femmes) in Islamabad. It was performed for a select audience in the Diplomatic Enclave on July 14, 2019, and for the general public at the Farm @ Bani Gala on 17th and 18th July. Later, it was performed at Rafi Peer Theater in Lahore on October 26, 2019, and at Alliance Francaise in Karachi on November 9, 2019.
Audiences thoroughly enjoyed it and were a bit surprised to find out how relevant this play was to Pakistan’s current social conditions. The School for Wives is a theatrical comedy written by the seventeenth century French playwright Molière and considered by some critics to be one of his finest achievements. It was first staged at the Palais Royal theatre on 26 December 1662 for the brother of the King. The play depicts a character who is so intimidated by femininity that he resolves to marry his young, naïve ward and proceeds to make clumsy advances to this purpose (Wikipedia).
Fizza Hasan, the director of the play, says, “It is incredible how the play, written in the 1660s, can still speak to audiences today, because the world has not changed very much since then”. Imran Iftikhar, the co-director who made his directorial debut with this play, believes “The characters, situations and themes are extremely relatable, and would be familiar to most people in the audience”.
Actors (In order of appearance):
- 1. Fizza Hasan as Georgette
- 2. Ammar Khalid as Horace
- 3. Imran Iftikhar as Chrysalde
- 4. Umer Farooq as Arnolphe alias M. de La Souche
- 5. Ahad Ali Siddiqui as Alain
- 6. Zainab Hasan as Agnes
- 7. Adil Yousaf as Notary
- 8. Usama Ahmad Khan as Enrique
- 9. Safeer Ullah Khan as Oronte
Sounts and lights – Mustafa Hasan, and Aamir Ali
Art Work – Hassan Pasha
Costumes – Fizza Hasan
Stage Manager – Sara Pasha
Set Design – Fizza Hasan, Iqbal Gasper
- Fizza Hasan
- Imran Iftikhar