British Council Dhaka, in partnership with Dhaka Theatre has filmed the play “A Different Romeo and Juliet” which was performed by a differently-abled cast. The play was the outcome of a three-year project by the British Council in partnership with GRAEAE Theatre UK and Dhaka Theatre in Bangladesh to mark the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare, says a press release.
The British Council will take the filmed version of the “A Different Romeo and Juliet” play to six divisional districts in Bangladesh to highlight the importance of empowering diverse groups to participate in cross-cultural dialogue. National Public Library has partnered with the British Council by offering their spaces to host these screenings.
This ambitious project had to go through a screening of more than 170 people with disability to finalise the casting of 16 artistes representing different social backgrounds in Bangladesh. The theatre piece was directed by Jenny Sealey, who was the artistic director of London Paralympic 2012 opening ceremony and produced by prominent theatre and film Director Nasiruddin Yousuff from Dhaka Theatre.
“A Different Romeo and Juliet” is a unique theatre production that showcases how arts can be used as both an enabler and driver of sustainable development by engaging underprivileged communities effectively in shaping their own outcomes and supporting open, transparent and stable societies.