LAHORE-Ajoka theatre’s latest presentation ‘Charing Cross’ a spectacular musical epic proved an enormous success on its preview show here at Alhamra Hall 1.  The play was primarily based on the major political and social changes on Pakistani landscape with Lahore’s Charing Cross as a witness.

Written and directed by Ajoka’s executive director Shahid Nadeem, the play, takes its audience on a whirlwind journey into the Pakistan’s political history and enables them to take stock and experience the events, the stories of shattered dreams and undying hope. At the same time the play is a salute to the resilient and optimistic spirit of the people. The production reflects this spirit through song, dance and humour while narrating a grim and sorrowful tale, something which Ajoka has attempted to do over the past 33 years. It is no coincidence that Ajoka has been performing socially and politically meaningful plays in Lahore’s Alhamra complex, very much a part of the Charing Cross neighborhood, commenting on the events which are unfolding outside, even predicting them.

Creative choreographer Wahab Shah’s dance sequences enriched the play, whereas Music Director M. Aslam songs received tremendous response. The cast included Arshad Durrani, Usman Raaj, Sohail Tariq, Mohammad Qaiser, Muzammil Shabbir, Hina Tariq and Nabeel Butt. Newcomers include Mehreen, Kanwal, Muniba, Fahad, Imran and Asad.

Director Shahid Nadeem said, “The play takes its audience on a whirlwind journey into Pakistan’s political history and enables them to take stock and experience the events, the stories of shattered dreams and undying hope. Charing Cross is a salute to the resilient and optimistic spirit of the people. The production reflects this spirit through song, dance and humour while narrating grim and sorrowful tales, something which Ajoka has attempted to do over past 33 years. It is no coincidence that Ajoka has been performing socially and politically meaningful plays in Lahore’s Alhamra complex, very much a part of the Charing Cross neighbourhood , commenting on the events unfolding outside, even predicting them,” he said.