Ada Dramatics revives Sherlock Holmes in ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’2 min read
MANIPAL: Ada Dramatics, a theatre group from Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) performed ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, based on the Sherlock novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, at Fortune Inn Valley View’s Chaitya Hall on November 2.
The classic tale of the sleuth has been told and retold several times over the years, yet always includes something new to add on to the story for plot twists, as was the case of this play. The play was set in the early 20th century England and had an ensemble of its cast ranging from first-year to fourth-year students from various colleges of Manipal.
Legendary characters including the titular Sherlock Holmes, his trusted aide Dr Watson, along with the antagonist, Jack Stapleton were portrayed by the cast. A scene, in particular, stood powerfully with the audience—it narrated the twisted Hugo Baskerville’s murder of a woman in the moors of Dartmoor in the past. Consequently, he was killed by a hound, triggering a familial curse. The 95-minute stage play was enacted in two parts with a 10-minute break in between for refreshments and for the actors to rehearse for the concluding half.
The making of the play had hurdles of its own. Madhur Budhiraja, the director of the play stated, “Due to the interaction ban in Manipal, we got our first-year recruits really late and had just eight days to enact the full thing with our crew which was really tough, but we made it. We certainly hope something is done about the ban.”
Shresth Singh, the actor portraying Stapleton’s character said, “We had very less time to practice, so we had to put in really long hours, sometimes going up to 13 hours a day. It was totally worth it.”
The aesthetic setup of the stage by the sets and logistics team and the music score made the show come to life for the audience, who remained captivated throughout the show. The performance garnered favourable views. “I really liked the play. It was a really worthwhile and fun experience,” remarked Sayonesh Chatterjee, first-year, MIT.
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Edited by: Vaibhavi Vaman