English plays are staged regularly in the Indian city of Calcutta where the legacy of British colonial rule is on display everywhere from the elite social clubs to breathtaking monuments and larger-than-life bronze statues of generals and statesmen.
But the latest production of Stagecraft, the city’s premier English language theatre group, The Teahouse of the August Moon, adapted from Vern Sneider’s 1951 novel, is a trailblazer. The entire cast of 13 men and five women are jailbirds!
A play rehearsal inside the prison; the huge jail gate can be seen in the background
Reform and reintegration
Directors Nandini Banerjee (left) and Krishna Ray. (Supplied)