‘Quli:Dilon ka Shahzaada’ to have its 25th performance in London, after standing ovations in six countries.
His latest play ‘Spaces’ invited for its international premiere there.
Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation troupe’s fourth overseas tour in a year with Urdu plays with outstanding success in US, Canada, France and Turkey.
A Retrospective of Mohammad Ali Baig’s plays will be held in London on September 29th and 30th at London’s Nehru Centre and his new play ‘Spaces’ invited for an international premiere. This is the second Retrospective accorded to the Padma awardee who’s also recipient of several international awards for global excellence in theatre including French and Canadian honours. Earlier the country of Turkey had held his retrospective at Istanbul’s Kagithane Theatre, which has of one of the most technologically advanced stages in Europe. ‘The Baig Retrospective’ in London event will have Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation’s globally feted ‘Quli:Dilon ka Shahzaada’ that will see its 25th performance having toured six countries receiving standing ovations at top-notch fests. The celebrated love-legend has Baig in the title role with city’s veterans Rashmi Seth, Vijay Prasad and co-writer Noor Baig featuring in the Hyderabadi theatre spectacle. ‘Spaces’ too is Hyderabad-centric and is the latest offering of Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation based on the city’s diminishing heritage. This will be the Foundation’s fourth foreign tour in a year. It’s rare honour for an Indian playwright-director-actor to be accorded Retrospectives overseas, usually reserved for masters of Cinema.
Further,‘Spaces’ is also invited to three more prestigious theatre festivals : Delhi’s Habitat Centre Festival in October, Mumbai’s NCPA festival in November and Goa Literary and Arts Festival in December. Surely, an only instance in not just the city’s but the country’s theatre that a husband-wife playwright-director duo’s third play in a row is feted internationally.
It coincides with 10 Years completion and celebrations of Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation’s formation and its revival movement for Hyderabad.