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Rabindranath Tagore’s Play : The Post Office

The Live Literature Company's production of The Post Office was performed for Bengal History Week in October 2013, in celebration of the 100th Annniversary of Tagore being awarded the Nobel prize for Literature. We also gave performances in May 2011 at The British Library, and an opening performance at The Nehru Centre, in celebration of Tagore's 150th Birth Anniversary.

Front Row: Val with the children in the production. Back Row from right to left Edward Halsted, Nicola Tagoe, Amerjit Deu, Lawrence Anthony, Harmage Singh Kalirai.

The same cast gave all performances; Lawrence Anthony, Noah Brooks, Amajit Deu, Jyoti Goel, Edward Halsted, Harmage Singh Kalirai, Vidhya Ravichandran. The musicians were; Richard Cole ( Radha Mohan) and Nicola Tagoe. Directed by Valerie Doulton.   

Picture showing Val's concept for 'The Post Office' production, with the window behind the child's bed, and the screen in the window for the Indian Shadow Puppetry sequences.

At the heart of this play is a young boy whose imaginative life is celebrated, and who gives Joy to those he meets as the story of the play unfolds even though he has a terminal illness and is facing death. Mixing simplicity with sophistication, the play’s universal appeal has made it a world classic.Ghandi was spellbound by the play in Calcutta in 1917. Anita Desai called it, ‘as modest as a dewdrop, as profound as the ocean’.  




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