On the 19th and 20th of August students of Mayo College Girls’ School staged the play ‘Unhinged’, directed by Mr. Pranab Mukherjee. These dates are of special significance as exactly a hundred years ago on these exact days, a chain of events unfolded in Europe which altered the psyche of the subcontinent forever. ‘Unhinged’ is a theatre exploration tribute to three major happenings that shaped 1914 and South Asian history:
1.Centenary of World War I.
2.The centenary of Gandhiji’s return voyage from South Africa to India.
3.Centenary of Ghadar Party especially the Komagata Maru tragedy that unfolded in the Canadian waters.
According to Mr. Mukherjee, who is one of the leading alternative theatre directors of the country, the World War I remains a watershed that shaped circumstances. Through this play he wanted to discuss the ramifications rather than historically recounting a sequence of events. He was interested in the grey areas of geo-politics and it is in the nether zone of that grey area that the play lies.