Shimla Gaiety: ‘Flight of Innocence’ stirs spectators


SHIMLA-Being the valentine week what could be more appropriate than to stage a show to convey the real meaning of love in the current materialistic world. Keeping the same objective in mind KBDS and Nav Yuvak Mandal theater groups organized the paid show of play Flight of Innocence.

Based on Oscar Wilde’s story “The Nightingale and the Rose “; it emotionally stirred spectators, forcing them to contemplate the meaning of love in current times.

Wilde being a well known story writer his work always had strong moral values and is always told with sparkle and same was seen here. It is the tale of a lovestruck student who must provide his lover with a red rose in order to win her heart. A nightingale overhearing his lament from a solitary oak tree is filled with sorrow and admiration all at once, and decides to help the poor young man.


She journeys through the night seeking the perfect red rose and finally comes across a rambling rose bush but alas, the bush has no roses to offer her. However, there is a way to MAKE a red rose, but with grave consequences.
As compared to last year show more focus has been given to creating the ambience of forest. The makeup and costumes again have been taken into full consideration. Initially Sky seemed over acting while conveying his excitement and seemed all artificial. However his heart rendering screaming blue murder cannot be ignored.

The entire ambience was emotionally heavy during the end but the whole connectivity as Vivek Mohan, one of the spectators pointed out, “It was a poignant story and was enacted well. However I felt that leading lady change of heart was to quick and to simple for the lovely story woven around and it was a letdown.


The script was executed in heart touching manner and the message came across straight and like the director say we want to make people understand the real meaning of love that is sacrifice; all theater lovers still have chance to experience it by watching show to be held on Feb.13 by merely spending rupees 20, rather than flooding gift shops for their materialistic lover. Perfect time to learn the message of platonic love

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