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MCPH Theatre Club stages murder mystery

Manipal: Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH) Theatre Club staged a play, ‘Tell Me the Name of the Flower’, a psychological thriller, in the Gangubai Hangal auditorium on Friday, March 23.

Pivoting on a murder mystery, ‘Tell Me the Name of the Flower’ directed by Abhimanyu Acharya describes the personal conflict of each character involved in a murder. The story revolves around a modern-day theatre company and the series of mishaps that occur after one actor commits a murder during a performance.

 

A court scene during the play. || Picture Courtesy: Arsha K A

 

The auditorium was jam-packed with an enthusiastic crowd cheering between each act. Kishore Venkit, a member of the sponsorship team and first-year student from MCPH, said, “I never expected such a massive crowd response for tonight’s show. The play kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.”

A striking feature of the play was when the actors broke the fourth wall, coming off stage and involving the audience. Unlike other plays which stick to a mere depiction of the story, this one takes a more in-depth approach, explaining the psyche of the six characters involved. It shows their individual perspective and understanding of the situation along with their involvement in the crime. “The director spent days crafting each character. Everyone involved has given their best to put up a great show” said Deepu, a member from the production crew.

The production was two and a half hours long and it managed to entice and grip the audience during its entire run. “The director has made excellent use of lights which added more depth in understanding each character’s emotion,” said Siddarth Shamsher, a first-year student from School of Communication.

 

Featured Image Courtesy: Harleen Kaur

Edited by: Bhavna Subramanian

Aditya Raman

kabirraman.aditya@gmail.com

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