Press Esc to close
Saturday 27 May 2017
News updated at 1:05 PM IST

An impactful narration of the past

DHNS, Feb 4, 2013 19:31 IST

Moving Performance

Passionate: Martin Figura reciting the poem.
Martin Figura, a poet, recently staged a performance of one of his works — ‘The Whistle’ — at the National Gallery of Modern Arts. And as he did so, it was obvious that many of the members of the audience were getting emotional.

This was an hour-long multimedia depiction of his post-war British childhood, interspersed with poetic verses, describing how his father killed his mother. It was both sensitive and impactful.To add depth to theperformance, Martin incorporated some old photographs of his parents andletters written by his mother to his father into it.

The poem is woven around small anecdotes from his childhood. It begins with an introduction to his father, who was from Poland and was forced to join the German army. Soon after the war ended, he shifted to Liverpool — and that is when he met the poet’s mother. .Laced with humour and sarcasm in the first half, the poem gives the impressions of a happy family. This myth, however, is busted in thesecond half of the recital.

As the performance progressed, the poet described a trip to Poland with his father, who wanted to go back to his homeland in search of his identity. After he returned, he meets one of his colleagues who knew of his past and his stint with the German army. His father retreats into a shell — and that is when the differences between his parents start growing, until the tragic day that he kills his wife.

The poet is then taken away to St Helen by his maternal uncle and the narration becomes aggressive and dark, showcasing the trouble he faced in his childhood. The recital grows on the listener solely because of the strong, yet simple narrative.

In fact, the audiencemembers could be seen listening carefully and occasionally, wiping a tear.

Ahana, who was moved to tears by the performance, says that it was a very impactful recital. “It’s like a story in which he has incorporated so many of his childhood memories. The presentation ofthis entire package iscommendable,” she says.

Srinivas Balaji, a literature student, adds that theconcept of using pictorialpresentations with poetry was unique and impressive. “The pictures were as fascinating as the recital. I feel that many were able to relate to the poem, as it was based on an original story,” he adds.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Back to school.

Back to school.

Karnataka Rajya Saarkari Hostel Mattu Vasati Shala Horaguttige Noukarara Sangha Protest

Karnataka Rajya Saarkari Hostel Mattu Vasati Shala Horaguttige Noukarara Sangha Protest

A labourer at a salt pan in Mumbai

A labourer at a salt pan in Mumbai

Manchester attack: Flower tributes.

Manchester attack: Flower tributes.

Indian Open of Surfing 2017

Indian Open of Surfing 2017

Protesters run as they prepare to hurl stones towards the police.

Protesters run as they prepare to hurl stones towards the police.

Delhi Metro's Heritage Line

Delhi Metro's Heritage Line

Dhola-Sadia bridge

Dhola-Sadia bridge

Opposition leaders meet to discuss presidential poll

Opposition leaders meet to discuss presidential poll

Youth Congress protest against three years of BJP rule

Youth Congress protest against three years of BJP rule

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.