The Karim Khan Afridi Welfare Foundation produced its first theatre play performance ’19 A Shattered Dream’ at the PNCA from 1st to 3rd September 2015. More than 2000 Students from different educational institutions watched the play for three days. The play was written by Mr. Mushfiq Murshed, on the life of Karim Khan Afridi (Shero).
Dr Farooq Beg and Irum Rehman played the roles of father and mother of Sheroo, who are trying to understand why this tragedy befell their child, and were they amiss in not reading the warning signs in their child’s behaviour? Wali Ahmed is convincing as the gawky nineteen year old rebelling against his real and imagined societal norms and constraints, but the best performance came from Fakhar Zaman, who elicited revulsion as the Faustian drug dealer preying on the confused and alienated kids of the elite.
The purpose of staging the play is to raise consciousness about the spread of drug abuse in our society. It is going to be translated into Urdu and staged in different schools all over the country. Mrs. Cristina von Sperling, Chairperson KKAWF and Amb Tariq Khan Afridi have successfully turned their personal tragedy into a cause and a movement for combating the menace of drugs in our society. It was a Serendip production, with Farooq Beg as the Director, and Huma Beg as the Art Director and Producer.
The KKAWF and Serendip did a great job in producing the play with very limited funds, and for a cause that threatens the foundations of our society. Drug abuse is spreading insidiously, beyond all class barriers, and given that about 66% of our population is under 25 years of age, is vulnerable to the menace of drugs. KKAWF has successfully brought the problem out of the closet, for the society to take up this challenge.