Here Were All The Goings On During This Year’s LUMS Skit Tamasha

Written by Komal Abid 

On the 3rd of December, the LUMS Dramatics Society came together to put up yet another fun-filled night with a number of theatrical performances, dances, and a whole lot of entertainment! Here are seven amazing moments from that night that will make you wish you were a part of it:

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1.The opening dance performance was epic!

Directed and choreographed by the talented Hamd Paracha, the opening dance number kicked off the event in style. The intense performance was the perfect way to start the night full of fun and frenzy, and it made sure the audiences were glued to their seats for the rest of the night!

 

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2. Dramalife

People who have been in Dramaline for a while decided to put up an impromptu comedy skit that had everyone in fits of laughter! Directed by Dilawer Ali, this was a personalized comedy for the people in the society that mimicked almost the entire senior council and lightened everyone’s mood. Several directors and a few EC members made cameos in this light-hearted skit that had everyone at the edge of their seats in tears of laughter. It also won the Best Comedy award… (Because it was the only comedy skit, but don’t tell them that!)

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3. A brilliant opening skit 

The amazing direction and technicals of the first play of the night, titled ‘Dreams’, were a true representation of what theater in Dramaline is all about. The lead actor Ahmed Kamran, along with the rest of the cast, were absolutely spot on with their performances in a skit depicting the dreams of a retired army officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The skit proved to be an excellent example of the talent that the LUMS community has.

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4. The electric atmosphere

Even though it was a Sunday night, and deadlines were mounting pressure, the venue was completely packed with enthusiastic students who had showed up either in support of their friends who were taking part, or for the love of good theatrical performances. The presence of such a fun audience added to the overall atmosphere of the event and made it a night worth remembering.

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5. When ‘The morning after’ won best play at Skit Tamasha

Directed by the talented Ayesha Lari, the skit talked about depression and anxiety, and the stigmatization of both in our society. This skit getting its well-deserved appreciation at the end of the night was a thrilling moment for everyone involved in its production. The freshmen who acted in the play were absolutely ecstatic, as was the crowd

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6. Appreciation by the guest judge

Mr. Waleed Rana (who belongs to the very well-known band Naqsh from Pepsi Battle of the Bands) gave extremely encouraging feedback to all the performers and showed interest in working with these brilliant, young individuals. This was the highlight of the event because the hard work, effort, and talent of their very own actors and directors was recognized which meant a huge deal to everyone who was a part of the society.

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Everything was free!

Yes, you read that right. There was no hassle of buying tickets or emptying our pockets to attend this event. Dramaline understands that college kids are living on a budget and they deserve a fun and relaxing evening that doesn’t cause a dent on their pockets. Not only that, they had also arranged for free burgers from the Burger Joint and drinks from Nestle outside the venue for the attendees. Talk about a great mufta!

 

All in all, it was a very successful event. Event heads Alina Zuberi and Syed Taha Sarfraz Hussain were ecstatic at the audience turnout, the skits and the event’s overall execution. Here is what Taha had to say:

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“Once you’re on a rollercoaster, it’s pretty hard to get off. Skit Tamasha was something similar, it was at that time of the year where one is totally crammed up by numerous presentations, assignments, quizzes and sleepless nights. But all of this did not stop me from delivering the best that I could and put up an event that would not only last forever in my heart but hopefully in the hearts of all those who worked alongside me. Being an event head is not an easy task, and in all honesty it sort of drains you to your core but the feeling that you get after it is all over is second to none. Multitasking, running around, and asking for help, getting things done, entertaining people and most importantly meeting the expectations of the audience is what makes it a whole lot more thrilling. Honestly there was no chance this event would have been this successful without the combined effort of the entire Dramaline Council. I owe all of them, from the freshman to the senior council, without them Skit Tamasha would not have been possible.”

Here’s How Students From Karachi Are Keeping The #MeToo Debate Alive

Earlier this year social media saw a rise of a movement which has an impact no one could imagine.

The tweet sparked a worldwide debate and many came forward with their experiences of sexual harassment, ranging from common individuals to high profile celebrities showing how this phenomena is so extensive, yet so ignored.

To not let the debate die, BlankPage Productions is bringing #MeToo to the theaters in Karachi, on the 10th and 11th of January.  

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#MeToo follows the story of the Baig family, as told through the eyes of the recently engaged Marium Baig. There’s an incident of harassment within the family which leaves the whole family shocked. Written and directed by Elsa Sajjad, the play will revolve around different reactions, opinions and coping mechanism that will serve as a reminder towards our actions and attitude towards others matters.

The 1 hour 45 minute long play will be a heart warming tale that emphasizes the importance of communication, support and family.  

The aim of the play is to draw attention to the perception of sexual harassment in society, how traumatic the experience can truly be for a person as well as to further encourage debate and discourse on the topic. 

BlankPage Productions, founded by Moin Khan, Anushka Sajjad and Elsa Sajjad, also intends to donate a portion of the money the play raises to an NGO that advocates women’s rights  in order to help in the fight against harassment.

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Tickets will be available at Agha’s or through contacting the BlankPage Productions Facebook page directly after 20 December. 

Here Are All The Reasons You Need To Attend Skit Tamasha This Year

Submitted By The Dramaline Marketing Department

After DramaFest, Dramaline is gearing up for it’s next big event- Skit Tamasha. Here are 7 reasons why you should add it to your weekend plans, like NOW

1. The THEME!!

When was the last time you were in a room full of people dressed up as your favourite comic book characters? This year, you will have the chance to showcase your creativity in the form of POP ART! YES! This year, LUMS Dramaline is donning the theme of POP ART for Skit Tamasha, and we could not be more excited!

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2.The calm before the storm?

With finals coming up, Skit Tamasha is an event that will provide you with the ultimate calm before the storm i.e. some chilling before exams. You can either watch the amazing skits and admire them, or just come with a couple friends to blow off some steam before the finals stress begins.

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3.For the SHUGHAL

All work and no “shughal” makes Jack a dull boy. The plays, full of humor and emotion at Skit Tamasha, are yet another reason all of you to come together and make some noise and show everyone how “shughal” is really done. After all, what is life without some party? And what is party without Dramaline?

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4. For the social media likes!

Is a theatre competition even a theatre competition without some celebrities coming to judge it? I think not. If the outstanding plays are not good enough reasons for you to come to Skit Tamasha, then the 200+ likes on your instagram post, and over 50 screenshots on your Snap Story, with a famous celebrity will be. Come to Skit Tamasha and leave with star-studded social media.

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5. It’s one of the best dramatic events at LUMS

The events put up by Dramaline are known to be some of the greatest theatrical events of Pakistan. After Dramafest – the biggest inter-school theatrical competition in Pakistan – we have Skit Tamasha, the biggest intra-LUMS student theatrical competition. With around 12 plays planned in a span of 3 hours, it’s not gonna be something you would want to miss out on.

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6.As an appreciation of hard work of the teams

It may seem easy to direct, rehearse and put up a play, but in reality, it is a path full of obstacles. Students who take part in Skit Tamasha manage their studies with rehearsals that usually last all night and basically run on little or no sleep. They deserve the little appreciation they get by a standing ovation and a full crowd in SDSB B3.  One should attend Skit Tamasha just to boost the spirits of these hardworking souls and give them credit for putting up such amazing plays in the midst of all their parhai.

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7. To promote theatre in Pakistan

The theatre industry of Pakistan is still one that is evolving and can only reach its full potential through an active and collective effort made by the youth. Skit Tamasha is an epitome of this effort as it consists of plays produced, directed and acted out by the students at LUMS. To attend an event like this would show us at Dramaline that our cause of promoting theatre is a credible one.

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See you in SDSB B3 on Sunday the 3rd of December 2017 from 7-10pm! You better reach early because there is only limited seating and the auditorium fills up really fast.

 

 

Here Are All The Reasons You Need To Go To The Last Day Of The LUMS Dramafest

You there, yes you! How’s the fall coming down? I know, temperature, leaves, internet speed, expectations, grades are all falling at the same time, right? Well, at LUMS Dramaline, we believe that a wonderful person such as yourself must have something to look forward to this season and for that we introduce to you our flagship event: LUMS Dramafest’17. Today’s the last day, and yes, we have saved the best for last!

Not convinced? Well, by the end of this article, hopefully, you will be.

1. Socials will be lit

With a “Minute to Win It”, Cabaret, and a Food Street, you can’t not have a great time! Still, bring your friends if you don’t trust us!

2. Its gonna be star struck 

When it’s Dramaline, the entertainment industry is definitely involved. Who knows? You might just get to live the fan moment you’ve been waiting for!

3. Dramaline is performing

After a rigorous effort of 3 months, the most talented actors, directors and dancers at Dramaline bring you a theatrical treat…correction… FOUR theatrical treats! Yep, we’re putting up 4 plays as well!

4. A trip to Kashmir

Yeah, no… well sort of! By a ‘trip to Kashmir’ we mean a performance by the band that rocked the Pepsi Battle of the Bands this year. So if you’re in to music you know where to show up!

5. Dramafest is not extortionists!

Yes, we’re all students as well and we understand the curse of living life on a budget so we’re charging just 300 bucks for a day of amusement, entertainment and what not!

6.  It’s so much better than binge watching a TV series

Honestly, I’m a fan of them, Friends, GoT, Sherlock…you name it… but the fact is they’re not going anywhere, they’ll be waiting for you with open arms when you come back after attending Dramafest.

7. You deserve a break

If you’re as diligent towards study as some of my friends here at LUMS and in other universities, you are probably petrified right now because of the impending doom known as the Mid-Term Exams. Well, we encourage your effort and are in no way against honest hard work for a prosperous future but even racehorses get breaks to relax and loosen up; and what better way to relax than to witness a culturally decorated evening with your loved ones

8. The feel is going to be goals

The chilly weather, the cold breeze combined with a cup of coffee/chai and a great performance in front of you…Could you really ask for more?

9. For the love of theater

Duh! …but on a serious note, It’s a fading art, one that enriches the mind and the soul and one which is without a doubt amazingly great fun! So people, clear your weekend, zone out your problems, and come witness happiness this weekend at LUMS!

Here’s A Sneak Peak Into What’s Been Happening During ‘LUMS Dramafest’ Rehearsals

Submitted by Raas Nabeel

The LUMS Dramaline Flagship event “DRAMAFEST” is just round the corner and the whole university is buzzing with excitement. Dramafest is going to show you the artistic side of all their plays but how good are they really? Take a sneak peek at what happens behind the scenes at the Dramaline Rehearsals.

1.Directors’ commitment going overboard…

You start to realise why these 4 got chosen to be this year’s productions directors. Hamd, Maha, Maryam and Mujtaba – all 4 of them are so committed and hardworking, it truly is admirable. You should see the way they react when they watch their run-throughs – it’s absolutely heartwarming. But, of course, whenever we mess up, they’re the ones to tell us what to do and (most of the time) what not to do. Just look at Hamd here showing his dancers truly how it’s done

2.Rehearsing all night is not as easy at it seems…

The idea of being part of a play seems fun, well think again. This is exactly what happens when you have to rehearse all night. Haalat tight ho jati hai yaar!!! It’s the actors’ love for theatre and the expectation of a “muft ki chai from the director” that keeps them going.

 

3.This is where our infamous dance steps originate from

Raas Nabeel would not miss a single chance to dance. Why? “What Aishwariya can do, I can do better” Everything at the dramaline rehearsals is expressed through dancing, Raas is making sure he gets his point across.

4.Teaching the president how to dance…

The fun, masti, pagalpan, and enthusiasm of actors not only attracted the dramaline members but the president Aadil Lalani couldn’t stop himself from being a part of the rehearsals. There’s no better feeling than teaching the president how it’s done. All credit goes to our incredible Maryam Ahmad  for choreographing such an exquisite dance routine.

 

5.When you finally get the scene right!

Nothing can match the satisfaction an actor gets after successfully performing a scene. It is quite evident, pleasing these production directors is not easy.

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6.What are rehearsals without actors fooling around?

Things get out of control pretty soon, keeping ourselves sane is a job we are not good at. The actors are always trying their best to keep themselves motivated and we honestly don’t blame them. Sure, it drives the directors crazy, but a bit of shughal doesn’t hurt, right?

7.Voice throw exercises…

Ah, yes. The mark of every good stage actor is their voice throw capabilities. Our exercises to perfect the voice throw of our actors are absolutely hilarious – you walk into the SSE building, and all you hear is ‘HA!’ from every floor. But it makes for a fun game, especially when you’re used to not taking things so seriously.

Honestly, the rehearsals are the most memorable part of being in a production. The directors going crazy, dancers messing up, actors experimenting with improv – all of these things contribute to the collective memories we all cherish. It just goes to show that with all the khuari, some shughal and yain is much needed, especially when you’re gonna be up until 2 am and have a class at 8 the next day.

All this being said, as you can see, there is a lot of dedication, motivation and hard work that goes into perfecting a play. LUMS is putting up 4 plays, and all 4 of our Productions Directors – Hamd Paracha, Maha Aamir, Maryam Ahmad, and Mujtaba Shah Bukhari – as well as their respective casts, have been working every day to turn their visions into reality. In total, there are going to be 19 plays at Dramafest. I haven’t even seen the plays, and I’m super-excited to see what Dramafest has in store for us. Hope to see you there!

Sania Saeed And Nimra Bucha Gave A Talk At FCC, And It Was Oh So Inspirational

Submitted By Forman Journalism Society 

All things considered, Forman Journalism Society is referred to for its colossal accomplishment as a social club in Forman Christian College, where exercises, for example, intelligent interactive sessions with the superstars, entertainment events occur throughout the year. Once more the general public orchestrated a wonderful occasion called the J Talks an intelligent session with Pakistan’s most celebrated on-screen characters Sania Saeed and Nimra Bucha on the utilization of contemporary media as an instrument for social change.

They discussed their up and coming task which is an astonishing theatre execution by Olomopolo media called “MUSHK”. The play will be held in Lahore from October 6-8 in Alhamra Arts Council, Shopping center Lahore and different cities in Pakistan.

Nimra and Sania told everybody that how Mushk (Aroma) is an adjustment of a French play and it’s about affection and aching. According to them this play is so near their heart since they needed to resuscitate what they call their energy by displaying an idea in a more creative manner from show serials and motion pictures. Sania Saeed also emphasised over the fact that “keeping up a concept requires WORK, WORK, WORK. It doesn’t just happen like that.” She also quoted that “Social media say ye faida hua hai ke paisay ke begair bhi cheezein ho sakti hain”

While answering a question, Nimra Bucha had this to say about being young:

The great thing about being young that you don’t realise is that you people have an open mind and the luxury to educate yourself which can boost up your mind with all the great things tou please aap uska faida uthaayein”. She also quoted “Apka dimagh bachay paalnay ki or paisay kamaanay ki dhaur may nahi rehna chahye” to which the audience responded with great enthusiasm.

 

The audience which consisted of students mainly just made different inquiries to the performing artists with a specific end goal to have their view of various situations and what battles had they needed to experience while pulling up this thought. Alongside this, students shared their own encounters and perspectives with respect to acting and performing plays.

Sania told everybody that she is recovering what she believes is lost to people who don’t actually value what media can do for society and she is trying her best to close that gap by adapting to various options like visiting universities to talk and have a trade of thoughts with students here.

 

Nimra participated equally by emphasizing on the point made by Sania with respect to how everybody has an alternate taste from garments to amusement content by uncovering to the gathering of people how she has never been excited by Cricket, dissimilar to a huge number of individuals.

The actresses urged all students to come and watch the play, because it’s high we take charge of our public spaces. The more we engage with our theaters, the more life we’re pumping into our culture.

[Tickets for the play are available all over Lahore with a special student discount. Check with your university admins about special discounted tickets. For more information about the play Mushk, go here]

A Play At IBA Ridiculed Transgenders And Students Everywhere Are Pissed Off

Recently, a production troupe, DramaCulas, was invited to IBA to perform. They presented a play called “Pey Se Pakistan” and pretty soon things got ugly, and its just not right.

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The play apparently appropriated trans people, sparking controversy regarding their offensive portrayal of a trans character.

The trans character was played by a cis man. The character entered on cheap Bollywood item songs and was later was made fun of on stage. Many students from IBA took to social media to express their disbelief and anger.

A lot of people directly called out the production troupe

‘Who the fuck thinks it is okay to make fun of trans characters, when they are already so so SO marginalized and oppressed in our country?!’

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Some were infuriated by the act

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And some were disgusted

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While a few thought that the play accurately portrayed what happens in our society. 

And therefore, wasn’t as offensive as everyone was making it out to be.

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Someone actually used a Game Of Thrones reference to explain how this shouldn’t be a problem in the first place

 

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But one person tried knocking sense into the ones defending the act

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Following the uproar, DramaCulas issued a half-hearted apology, which seemed more like a clarification and people just didn’t have time for it.

Our theatre group DramaCulas make plays to spread smiles and laughter in a time when there is depression and sadness…

Posted by DramaCulas on Mittwoch, 6. September 2017

It seems like they edited their first apology and chopped it off to what sounded more like a flimsy excuse. 

DramaCulas, either you guys don’t know that anyone can view your edit history on Facebook, or you just left it out there for everyone to see. Your pick.

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What do you think actually happened here? Was the play justified or was it appropriating trans people? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

A Level Students Are Using The Power Of Theater To Raise Awareness About A Psychological Disorder

The following piece is a submission by Aqsa Rizwan. To send in your pieces, email us at campus@team.mangobaaz.com.


Theater plays have started to gain more and more popularity in recent years. They’re a great way to keep yourself busy and entertained. Therefore, if you’re looking to end your summer vacations with a good play, these A Level students have got you covered!

“Raaz” is a theater play that revolves around the life of a child with Asperger Syndrome.

Asperger Syndrome is a psychological disorder related to Autism. Affected individuals live the kind of lives most people are oblivious to. This play sheds light on how an ordinary family functions with a child who has Asperger Syndrome.

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The drama features a typical Pakistani family set up.

It consists of a father, mother, grandmother, two daughters and two sons, one of whom has Asperger Syndrome. Sarah Fawad Ali, Hamza Zaeem and Saad Mirza have directed and produced “Raaz“. Hamza Zaeem and Sarah Fawad Ali are also the co-writers of the play.

A Level students from schools like Nixor, Cedar, Lyceum, KGS and Southshore form the cast of the play.

Saad Mirza, Iman Ali, Ahmed Ali, Mannal Ejaz, Alina Mubashir, Humair Ahsan, Mohammad Niazi, Rida Fatima, Malaikah Khan, Sadia Aaminah, Zaeem Ul Huda, Shahnor, Najeeb Murtaza and Mareyah Abbas are all part of the ensemble. Additionally, the play is also an initiative by the students to prove their mettle in the world of theater.

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Despite hailing from different institutes, these students are working together for a noble cause.

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Moreover, the play is intended to raise money to educate children.

Mashal Orphanage will receive all proceeds from the event as it is a non-profit initiative. “Raaz” will take place on the 1st and 2nd of August at PACC. The event page on Facebook contains all the details you need. So head on over to PACC to watch this spectacular effort and to support the cause.

Will you be attending the event? Let us know in the comments below.


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LSE Graduates Are About To Put Up The Funniest Play In Lahore. Here’s Why You Absolutely HAVE To Be There

Lahore has a pretty amazing theater scene for people of all ages. It’s also a great way for people to get together and chill while having a great time. If you’re looking for your next fix, a group of LSE graduates have got you covered. They have an absolutely funny upcoming production that you all should definitely be looking forward to.

Theater Therapy’s inaugural production, Funny Money, is coming to Lahore

The troupe will be performing from the 27th to the 29th of July at the Alhamra Arts Council.

The entire story revolves around the character of Henry A. Perkins.

Henry is a mild mannered C.P.A, who accidentally picks up the wrong briefcase – one full of money. He assumes it’s filled with cash and he decides to keep it. The events that follow create the hilarity and insanity which makes this farce an instant classic.

It’s a masterpiece from Ray Cooney, so it’s undoubtedly going to be one of the most amazing theatrical pieces ever.

“You’ll get confused, but don’t worry,” says Sachal Tahseen who is a part of the ensemble. “Confusion is a part of the play. It’s a farcical comedy and thats how we intend on keeping it. We guarantee laughter, a whole lot of crazy and a night to remember!”

Directed by Ahsan Sohail, the ensemble consists of Sachal Tahseen, Afreen Lashari, Qasim Ali, Furqan Khan, Maryam Ahmed, Zain Qazi, Asjad Illahi Junaid and Omer Tariq.

“With a focus on honing the skills of fresh upcoming actors by pairing them with veterans of the theatrical circuit, this production house is the one that’s creating all the buzz at the minute. Their first upcoming adaptation is one that is simply unmissable!” says Qasim Ali.

We’re absolutely sure that these LSE graduates are going to leave the audience in stitches.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to the Alhamra Arts Council on the 27th, 28th and 29th of July and experience some quality theater. And let us know what you think about the performances by this talented troupe.

If You’re In Lahore, You Need To Watch This Play By The Beaconhouse Dramatics Society

If you’re into theater, then the Beaconhouse Dramatics Society (BeaDS, cool acronym you guys) has a treat for you. Their second annual play, And Then There Were None, will be taking place on the 5th, 6th and 7th of May at Al Hamra.

The poster for the play is DOPE AF. It looks so intense, but it also makes you want to watch the performance.

Source: BeaDS Facebook Page

The play’s director, Hassan Raza, spoke to MangoBaaz Campus and told us about the play and his amazing cast.

Their 2 months’ journey to this moment wasn’t easy. Hassan himself was down with chicken pox, another cast member broke his knee and another even had her appendix surgery. But to his surprise everyone would always show up to rehearsals. Him and his team clearly have put in LOADS of effort into this play.

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The play itself is based around 10 highly influential people of a city. These very important people are gathered for a dinner party by a mystery host on an island, but things don’t end well for them. It is after they’ve eaten that each one of them is accused to committing murders in the past, they were never questioned then because they were powerful enough to escape the law. Stuff takes a turn for the worse, when each guest is killed one by one. *chills*

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According to Hassan, this has been a play he’s always wanted to bring to life. It is originally an Agatha Christie novel, turned into a Broadway production. The original play is full of comedy however, Hassan’s interpretation of the story is stripped of light hearted humor and is immensely dark.  

The team of ‘And Then There Were None’ are looking forward to entertaining you this coming weekend. Raza says that he wants people to leave their homes, and reconnect with theater in its purest forms. Oh and here’s a little push to make you attend: entry is free of cost!