LAHORE-Ajoka theatre is welcoming 2018 with a remarkable new play titled ‘Charing Cross’. A spectacular musical epic primarily based on the major political and social changes on Pakistani landscape with Lahore’s Charing Cross as a witness.  The play features new talent besides Ajoka’s regular performing troupe.  The newcomers were selected through auditions that are being trained while rehearsing. The play also carries some soul stirring songs and poetry and famous poetry written by literary giants of the era.

‘Charing Cross’ will be premiered in Alhamra Hall No 1 on 30th of January and continue till 1 February. Creative choreographer Wahab Shah has choreographed the dances while the music is composed by M.Aslam.

Talking about the play, Director Shahid Nadeem said, “Charing Cross remains a symbol of British colonial rule at a junction which is considered the heart of the Lahore. This has become a venue where tumultuous events unfold, from of 1970s to the turn of century.  This is a whirl wind tour of the ups and downs of Pakistani history,” he said. 

Assistant director Nirvaan Nadeem said, “Ajoka has trained and harnessed new talent over the years and that is why it is called the nursery of good actors. Ajoka believes in peace loving democratic environment and this play is an effort to recollect the memories of various gatherings, processions and rallies associated with the revival of democracy and Mall Road of Lahore,” Nirvaan said. 

The cast includes Arshad Durrani, Usman Raaj, Sohail Tariq, Mohammad Qaiser, Muzammil Shabbir, Hina Tariq and Nabeel Butt. Newcomers include Mehreen, Kanwal, Muniba, Fahad, Imran and Asad.

The play is being presented in collaboration with the Lahore Arts Council and will continue 1st February and will travel to other cities later.