Cigarette & Shakespeare ———–A Play by Dhruva Harsh

Shadow Circle is Allahabad based theatre Troupe founded by Dhruva Harsh.

About The Play:
(Under the production of The Budding Amateur now Shadow Circle).(Allahabad based theatre Troupe).
First Production: staged at Rahul Saankrityayan auditorium, Azamgarh on 11th March, 2014 in a National Theatre Festival along with the play of Bhanu Bharti, Nadira Zaheer Babbar and Baharul Islam.
Title: Cigarette & Shakespeare
Playwright: Dhruva Harsh
Direction: Dhruva Harsh

“Cigarette & Shakespeare” deals not with the addiction of playwright Shakespeare towards cs10 Cigarette, but with a scholar’s story of association with Shakespeare and Cigarette. It is easy for a bereaved lover to indulge in chain smoking but here is a tussle between smoking and Shakespeare, where addiction to Shakespeare is equivalent to the love of a deep probe into the nature of life and after life.

The association of the protagonist with Shakespeare is due to the association of the central cs17character’s deceased love with the great English playwright; as the lover begins to gradually love the things that are associated with his beloved. The play is not a promotion of Cigarette or an imposition of Shakespeare on a de-contexted audience, but a probe into the pangs of mortality which the beings of the world have to suffer, and an attempt of art to bring back Romeo his Juliet.

Cast & Credits

Adaiv: Abhishek Shukla
Matiny: Shatakshi Singh/Puppet
Will Shakespeare: Sanjeev Upadhyay
Zeus/God: Mukesh Upadhyay
Adam: Bhaskar Sharma

Off Stage

Light Design: Abhijit Agnihotri
Costume Design: Sadaf Siddiqui
Music: Ashutosh Singh
Music Operation: Aditya Agnihotri
Set Design & Puppetry: Kunwar Amrendu
Property: Bhaskar Sharma
Make-up: Anil Chaudhary
Poster Design: Kunwar Amrendu
Videography & Photography: Santosh Kumar
Voice-Over: Dhruva Harsh
Publicity: The Budding Amateurs Team now Shadow Circle
Literary Councilor: Fatima Noori
Playwright: Dhruva Harsh
Design & Direction: Dhruva Harsh
























Che’guevara: A Romantic Revolutionary———–A Play by Dhruva Harsh

About The Play:
(Under the production of The Budding Amateur now Shadow Circle)
First Production: staged at N.C.Z.C.C, Allahabad on April 25, 2013 (Thursday) at 7 pm.
Title: Che’guevara: A Romantic Revolutionary
Playwright: Dhruva Harsh
Direction: Dhruva Harsh

“Che’guevara: A Romantic Revolutionary” is a play written by Dhruva Harsh, based on the life of che7 the great revolutionary named Ernesto Che’guevara that symbolizes the triumph of an ideology over the tyrannical imperialist. The chastening narrative has taken into account some of the glimpses of the describable phases (certainly the most significant) from the life of the dynamic and peripatetic humanist Che’guevara (1928-67).The story is the chronological description of his life, the purpose, the pursuit and the passing away. Che’s hysterical disposition for revolutionary idealism, his companionship with Fidel Castro, his longing for the divorced wife, Heida and love for the destined lady, Aleida, his obsessive zeal for the fatherland almost every aspect of his life is simply more than a mere didactic biography. Che’guevara is an exaggeration of human species.The play is an attempt to renew the romantic experience of heroism. It seeks to reaffirm the supremacy of the religion of man over religious fundamentalism. It gives preference to pan-national allegiance over hideous parochialism. It tries to blend the elixir of revolution with the morality of human life, revolution eventually idolizing death. All these and many more exemplified through the life and death of the charismatic Che’guevara who once exclaimed… “I take my desire for reality, because I believe in the reality of my desires.”

Remarks after production:

Dhruva Harsh’s “Che’guevara : A Romantic Revolutionary” deals with genuine and very  che22            serious content. The effective pace throughout the play is due to the sharply focused dialogues and scenes, which succeeds in crystallizing the portraits of the Che’guevara. In this performing text, Dhruva uses diverse sources. He explores the thought-provoking, informative narrative that grips the audiences / readers.

Pravin Shekhar
National Award Recepient
Director, Backstage Art Laboratory

“I am happy that a group of our students have taken the important and long needed stepche23 towards truly meaningful theatre in Allahabad. Their scripting and presenting this play, on their own, is not only the taking the kind of undaunted risk which make not only for good theatre, but is also a tribute to the charismatic Che’guevara, explored in relevantly contemporary terms. The coming together of alumni of first batch of the Centre for Theatre and film, University of Allahabad- Rahul Singh, and the 4th semester student of second batch Mukesh Upadhyay, with Dhruva Harsh, playwright and director who is currently enrolled under the D.Phil program from the department of English, in this endeavor, is the kind of synergy which augurs well for yet another beginning to restore the University to the crossroads of multiple cultures it was at a time. I wish the venture all success.”
Sachin Tewari
(Artistic Director, Campus Theatre, and Vice President, ASSITEJ)
20/4/2013 (Allahabad)

I am proud that our students have demonstrated that the sterile days of theatre in Allahabad are over – a new beginning has been made, far more relevant than existing trends. keep it up, may god bless you and the whole team to succeed in putting Allahabad back on the theatre map of India – a place of pride it had till the 80’s, but gradually lost thereafter. All my blessings go out to you, joining my prayers that may you be the harbingers of a new theatre which celebrates the human,truly. Biggest of god blesses!

Sachin Tewari
26/4/2013 (Allahabad)

Cast & Credits

Che’guevara: Mukesh Upadhyay
Fidel Castro: Ashish Giri
Raul Castro: Ashutosh Pandey
Heida Gadea/ Aleida March: Panchi Patel
Che’guevara’s daughter: Jahnavi Verma
American President: Amit Tewari
Beaurocrate: ManishSrivastav
Rodriguez: Veer Pratap Singh
Soul: Shiv Kr. Saroj
Man: Bhaskar Sharma
Comrades: Mukesh Jaiswal, Aditya Kesarwani,
Abhishek Jaiswal, Gaurav Sharma & others…

Off Stage
Light Design: Sujoy Ghosal
Costume Design: Sadaf Siddiqui
Costume Incharge: Ashutosh Pandey
Music: Ashutosh Singh
Set Design: Kunwar Amrendu
Property: Bhaskar Sharma & Veer Pratap Singh
Make-up: Anil Chaudhary
Poster Design: Dhruva Harsh, Nausad Ahmad
Videography & Photography: Santosh Kumar
Announcement: Avdhesh Yadav
Stage Management: Kanishk Singh
Voice-Over: Dhruva Harsh
Publicity: The Budding Amateurs Team now Shadow Circle
Assistant Direction: Kanishk Singh
Media Partners: Panjab Kesari Delhi, 93.5 Red FM
Playwright: Dhruva Harsh
Produced by: Haider Mehadi (Lucky), Zafar Masud (Bobby)
Design & Direction: Dhruva Harsh











Mrigtrishna: The Burning Instinct ———–A Play by Dhruva Harsh

About The Play:
(Under the production of The Budding Amateur now Shadow Circle)
First Production: staged at N.C.Z.C.C, Allahabad on March 7, 2012 (Friday) at 7 pm.

Title: Mrigtrishna: The Burning Instinct
Playwright: Dhruva Harsh
Direction: Dhruva Harsh

Dhruva Harsh ’s play Mrigtrishna: The Burning Instinct  has a powerful burning 2storyline and deals with the pertinent & potent questions of cultural ethics, personal relationships & hypocrisy which exists in Indian families. It also highlights the issue of love & art  that are two sides of the same coin. The play questions the role of a society that treats artist ethics of personal love as well as love for his creation.

 This play was beautifully designed & directed  by Dhruva Harsh. Mrigtrishna: The Burning Instinct defiantly left the audience with thoughts & questions which are otherwise ignored by society.

Mrigtrishna: The Burning Instinct” is a play written by Dhruva Harsh, which narrates the b,istory of an artist who belongs to a family of Christians. They are resident of India since long.
Kevin Paul, the protagonist of the play, has affection for Zeenat, the beautiful Zoroastrian girl who has come from Kuwait. When she leaves him without any prior information, this love takes another shape. Along with being a lover, Kevin is also an artist, and later on, he is successfully able to reconcile these two passions into an organic whole. The real Zeenat who was made up of flesh and bones is very much like the lifeless portrait of this artist, when he finds out that the reality of Zeenat is desolate just like her nose. He breathes life into burning4the portrait adorning her with a nose-ring (nuth), thus fulfilling his desires in the reality of art. The emptiness of Zeenat’s nose symbolizes deception, while the nose ring is the symbol of the pure-passion of the artist. The barrenness of reality has to be eventually embellished by the imagination of art, and Zeenat painted on the canvas, with his own wearing blood the ornament with his own blood is burningthe Zeenat which was imagined by Kevin as an epitome of love and kindness. The mixing of blood with the oil-paint stands for his dedication and his pouring of his own life into his art, in this commitment he loses one by one his family members, and finally his own art, only to recognize that the art-piece he has created has no function but to decorate the house-walls of the people of the opulent class. Not wanting to lose his creation of love into the hands of luxury, Kevin decides to set afire the portrait which he loves more than life and thus reserving the privacy of his affections…

Cast & Credits
Kevin Paul (Elder): Kanishk Singh
Kevin Paul (Younger): Ashutosh Pandey
Teresa Paul: Kalpana Srivastava
Peter Paul: Vinod Saroj
Teacher: Vinod Saroj
Joy: Vineet Kumar
Stella Madam: Archana Shukla
Zeenat/ Shadow: Monica Singh
Mohan Jain: Manoj Kumar
Begger: Shiv Saroj
Students: Manish Kr., Shiv Saroj, Om, Akshay Srivastava

Off Stage
Light Design: Vinay Srivastava
Costume Design: Archana Shukla, Monica Singh
Costume Incharge: Ashutosh Pandey, Kalpana Srivastav
Music: Ashutosh Singh
Set Design: Kunwar Amrendu
Property: The Budding Amateurs Team
Make-up: Anil Chaudhary
Poster Design: Amit Tewari
Videography: Santosh Kumar
Photography: Salini Maheshwari
Announcement: Mehar wan
Stage Management: Kanishk Singh, Vineet Kumar
Poem: Dhruva Harsh
Voice-Over: Abhilas Narain, Vineet Kr, Dhruva Harsh
Publicity: Anveshan, Ashutosh Pandey, Vinod Saroj
Assistant Directon: Kanishk Singh
Playwright: Dhruva Harsh
Design & Direction: Dhruva Harsh





b i1