A certain godman has just been put behind bars for conviction. But not before lives of more than 30 common men were lost. And buses were burnt. And public property vandalised. As a result Delhi NCR has been a loony bin since couple of days.
In fact, some incident or the other has been shaking our belief system in the last few months. Mass rage, lynching, arson and mindless violence has led to a counter movement by civilians. This “Not in my name” movement has various manifestations. “Saying Yes“, a theatrical production by Kaivalya Plays is a part of such public outcry albeit from theatre stage.
Varoon P. Anand of Kaivalya Plays says that “Saying Yes” is an adaptation of Griselda Gambaro’s play. Gambaro’s works deal with political crisis and violence in her home country Argentina. Kaivalya Plays has drawn an analogy to the Indian political scenario in “Saying Yes”. Through the interaction between a barber (representing the government) and his customer (representing the common man), the play shows how the politicians exploit and suppress the masses.
The arty stage, laconic script and cast of just two actors create an abstract milieu and there is a lot left for the audience’s imagination. Hence, while a lot is open to interpretation, the play prompts the audience to think about what is happening all around. No missing lines. no faltering, the actors live up to their roles.
It is a Sunday evening and the alleged god man is going to be punished the next day. One wonders what new mayhem that is going to lead to in the new week. We are habituated to say yes to all that the socio-political system shoves down our throat. Perhaps its time that we stopped “Saying Yes” and started thinking all over again.