Kathmandu: Whatever you see in the mirror, the reflection is none other than that of you. The image in the mirror can either please you or sadden you. But whenever others teach you the ways of perceiving reflections, and whenever you run after other’s ideas, you will lose your originality. The mirror cannot be deceptive. It always is the same, but you can change. The reality is fluctuating and the matter of beauty and ugliness is quite relative which depends on how you perceive them. You can perceive a thing as quite ugly one day, and the other day you will celebrate its beauty. This is the message of The Ugly Duck — a monologue staged at Gurukul on April 15, with the dramatisation of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous tales.
Three monologues — The Girl With the Matches, The Ugly Duck and The Emperor without Clothes were staged on April 15. Actors Bhola Sapkota and Sunil Pokharel acted out these monologues.
The story of a poor girl is presented in a lively manner in The Girl with the Matches. Director Morten Krogh said that this is the story of love and cruelty.
“On one hand, it is a question of love, and on the other, it is a question of cruelty that this monologue presents.” He shared that in this story cruelty is relatively stronger and that brings the girl to the border line of death. A poor little girl has to sell matches to earn her living. But one day on Christmas eve, she cannot sell matches and she fears to returning home. She spends the night in the snowy outskirts of the city, the next day she is found dead. This monologue was enacted by Bhola Sapkota.
Similarly, The Emperor without Clothes is a story of an emperor who is interested only in new clothes rather than genuine affairs of the state. The drama presents how he is cheated, fooled and presented naked in front of his people so as to prove that he no more deserves the post. Krogh commented, “Don’t believe what you hear, and just believe half of what you see.”
This is the message of this drama.
Commenting on the presentation, Krogh said, “I want my actors go deep into the words, feelings and psychology of the characters with a minimum use of objects.”
He further said, “When I introduce objects to the actors, they help actors to provoke a sense among the audience. It is like objects and actions speak more than words do.”
He said that his interest in plays is mainly with physical expressions. “Not only words, but I combine physical expressions, and objects with very good dramatic texts.”
His dramas go beyond generic boundaries. In this backdrop, he said, “I started with cross-over projects — combining different elements like objects, expressions, narrations and so on.”
Light designer Sverre Randin, highlighting the role of light in performance, said that it is not only light but shadows too that play a vital role in a perfect drama. “I have tried my best to create a suitable atmosphere for the director and actors so as to give the audience a sense of real effect,” he elaborated.
The Monologues will staged for the general public from April 18 till May 30 (except on Mondays).