Review: '19, A Shattered Dream'

    Written by: Staff Report
    Posted on: September 02, 2015 | Post your comment here Comments

    The cast of '19, A Shattered Dream' - Play 19, A Shattered Dream by KKAWF

    The cast of '19, A Shattered Dream'

    The Karim Khan Afridi Welfare Foundation (KKAWF) had the first performance of its play, “19, A Shattered Dream” at the PNCA on September 1st, before a packed auditorium of invitees. Written by Mushfiq Murshed, the play is about a family wrecked by the drug related death of their nineteen-year old son, Sheroo, who had taken to hanging out with a group of youngsters who were on the road to becoming junkies.

    Play 19, A Shattered Dream by KKAWF

    Dr Farooq Beg and Irum Rehman were good as the tortured parents trying to understand why this tragedy befell their child, and were they amiss in not reading the warning signs in their child’s behaviour? Wali Ahmed is convincing as the gawky nineteen year old rebelling against his real and imagined societal norms and constraints, but the best performance came from Fakhar Zaman, who elicited revulsion as the Faustian drug dealer preying on the confused and alienated kids of the elite.

    The purpose of staging the play is to raise consciousness about the spread of drug abuse in our society. It is going to be translated into Urdu and staged in different schools all over the country. Cristina, the Chairperson, and Tariq Afridi a member of the Board of Directors, have successfully turned their personal tragedy into a cause and a movement for combating the menace of drugs in our society. It was a Serendip production, with Farooq Beg as the Director, and Huma Beg as the Art Director and Producer.

    Play 19, A Shattered Dream by KKAWF

    The KKAWF and Serendip did a great job in producing the play with very limited funds, and for a cause that threatens the foundations of our society. Drug abuse is spreading insidiously, beyond all class barriers, and given that about 60% of our population is under 30 years of age, has already claimed 4 million addicts. KKAWF has successfully brought the problem out of the closet, and it is up to the society to take up the challenge.

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