Hawas (Lust) Theatre Play

HIV Awareness

Hawas (Lust) Theatre Play

Homosexuality, AIDS, promiscuity and unprotected sex were the main themes of the Karachi Thespianz’s Flying Theatre in collaboration with Goethe Institut - Karachi conveyed by solely relying on Bollywood music and body language. Due to the sensitivity of the topics, director Faisal Malik had made a conscious decision not to use dialogue. The 40-minute play, titled ‘Hawas’, was organized by keeping in line with the concept of a mobile theatre, it was staged on a truck. The conclusion of the play shows two boys in anguish and only then are words used, that too in written form when Arif holds up a placard which says HIV/AIDS. The play ends on a somber note as Arif collapses on stage. “We just wanted to convey to young people that casual physical relationships with strangers are not a good idea,” said the director, while explaining why he chose this particular theme. He added that not enough theatre groups are focusing on HIV/Aids which is on the rise among the youth in Pakistan.

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