The Nepalese play letting the crowd reimagine the ending – and their lives

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Familiar issues of discrimination and child marriage are being taken to the stage through interactive theatre in remote villages

High in the mountains of a remote village in western Nepal – a region once home to a fierce Maoist insurgency – a large crowd is gathering.

Women arrive with babies strapped to their fronts; children sit at the edge of the makeshift stage; local officials take up ad hoc seats. Not only is this the first time a play has been performed here – it is the first time a vehicle has ever reached the village. Whatever this travelling theatre group intends to perform, it is a spectacle not to be missed.

It would be easy to be judgmental and disregard the audience members as uneducated, but their ideas can be brilliant

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Written by Kate Hodal
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/oct/23/the-nepalese-play-letting-the-crowd-reimagine-the-ending-and-their-lives under the title “The Nepalese play letting the crowd reimagine the ending – and their lives”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.