The play ‘WOUNDS OF WAR 2.0’ revolves around the consequences of unresolved issues of forceful disappearance, sexual violence, dismemberment, displacement in the ten-year long armed conflict in Nepal. In the hypothesis of ‘New & Prosperous Nepal’, the physical and psycho-social wounds have been faded away. This play does not intend to traumatize the survivors or victims, rather to create a realization that the wounds still exist.
War has always been the most terrible tragedy of human civilization, whose experiences are still dreadful to many nations even at present, and which is being critically analyzed through the present modern perspectives. This play is an effort to review the War and its inhumane consequences through the perspectives of the victims.
This play has been created by the graduates of first batch of Mandala Drama School – Theatre for Social Change, Conflict Transformation and Peace-building. This play ‘Wounds of War 2.0’ is a neo-version of the play ‘Wounds of War’ created by the same team during the schooling. The play was staged at the prestigious Academic Thespians Theatre Festival organized by University of Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka at Panibharatha Theatre on 24th July 2023.
A river flowing with its melody suddenly stops and observes herself. She finds herself deviated, polluted and dis-colored. She returns back to find the history of her filth, where she has an encounter with the survivors of the ten years long violent armed conflict of Nepal (Moist Insurgency) who once were victims of forceful disappearance, sexual violence, displacement, and physical torture. On the other hand, the shameless ruling power, politicizing these issues, announces the establishment of peace in the in the country.