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Review of Bangla Theatrical Bibisaab

Let me start by quoting a recent social network post by a friend of mine “I have been living in Sydney over 11 years now where I have never came across or experienced any act as such on the stage”, yes, my friend was talking about the performance of Bibisaab which was directed and performed in by Shaheen Shahnewaz and team and staged at the Ekushe Academy Australia Book Fair which took place last Sunday the 23rd of February.

This is not a report on the Ekushe Academy Book Fair, this is a review on Bibisaab. So what people have said post the performance of Bibisaab, well before I say what others have said let me give you my opinion about Bibisaab. I completely agree with my friend – I have never experienced anything like this performance before. Notwithstanding the fact there have been performances in Sydney in the past which I have missed, what we saw on the day was simply outstanding. I am not an expert on this and I understand my limitations clearly but from the little knowledge that I have gathered from Dhaka Theatre Club and Women’s Association Club theatrical shows in the past in Bangladesh I have learnt, there are few key elements that make a show successful and they are: (i) clean and clear dialogues; (ii) spontaneity from the performers and (iii) from a technical perspective – background scores and lightings. The team made a blast in all three sections except that being an open air show lighting was not used.

Impressed by the event, I thought I would go and ask some of my mates who also watched the performance for their views and trust me their thoughts on the show were even more glorious, one said, “Bro what an act from Bibisaab, she was simply brilliant and I couldn’t resist from dropping some tears while she was crying and it was a heartfelt performance”. For our news readers, the character Bibisaab was performed by Afsana Hossain Ruchi. And then my other mates said, “I really felt for Jomir Uddi whose wife was assaulted, he tried to deliver a pure feelings for it” – the character Jomir Uddi was performed by Taslim Ahmed Bappi. Then I was curious enough to ask my mates who enjoyed the Bibisaab’s performance about the person who was behind the show – Shaheen Shahnewaz, now he became little animated and replied “You know what, I would encourage him to do more of this. I think there are many who wouldn’t mind paying to watch such theatrical act. It gave us a very authentic vibe of our rich culture living in Sydney which I personally believe is so important for our generation next to know. Also, this is such an art that shows the tradition and culture of where we are from, we should spread this out to the greater Australian community.”

Despite the fact that we lead a very busy life here, the team put together a great show which proves their integrity and commitment for something they are passionate about. Hats off to Shaheen Shahnewaz and everyone involved for this brilliant act. We will aim to introduce each and every performer from the act Bibisaab in near future for our audience in Australia and overseas.

Those who have missed the brilliant performance, we have attached an amateur Youtube video for your enjoyment. Don’t miss it!

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Let me start by quoting a recent social network post by a friend of mine “I have been living in Sydney over 11 years now where I have never came across or experienced any act as such on the stage”, yes, my friend was talking about the performance of Bibisaab which was directed and performed in by Shaheen Shahnewaz and team and staged at the Ekushe Academy Australia Book Fair which took place last Sunday the 23rd of February. This is not a report on the Ekushe Academy Book Fair, this is a review on Bibisaab. So what…

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