Stage plays were very much a part of my early childhood. Of course I could never grasp the amount of work that goes behind the scenes. I could never grasp the aura of the stage. It should have ideally been an on-going affair but slowly the love for the big screen took over and plays became a cherished childhood memory.
And then Koko happened. It felt surreal and nostalgic to renew my relationship with the stage through a pantomime. I had absolutely no idea what I had signed up for when I agreed to be a part of the audience for Koko. The premise of the play itself was like a nostalgic trip down the memory lane. We have all experienced parental pressures when we were growing up. It is inevitable especially with regards to education and career choices. KOKO scratches the surface of this burning issue.
The first thing that stood out for me with regards to the play was the way the creators have experimented within a simple premise. The production value and those lovely songs filled with soul-stirring lyrics made me go WOW. At various points during the second half I saw myself in KOKO and I guess most of the audience would have felt the same way.
On the downside beyond the initial flourish, I couldn’t connect with the humour in the first half of the play. The humour felt silly at times but I guess it was a deliberate ploy to get through to the little ones in the audience. If you are an adult the first half could test your patience a bit. But it’s a minor blemish for a play which has it’s heart in the right place. The second half is engaging and makes you sit up and reflect.
Koko doesn’t play the blame game for there are no winners or losers in a parent-child relationship. It should be a win – win for both the parent and the kid which is possible only if they empathize with each other and that’s what Koko puts forth too.
The creators have said that Koko is going to schools and rightly so. It’s a heart-warming reflection of life and the inherent tussle in a parent-child relationship which is the need of the hour. Go for it with your parents and if you are a parent take your kids with you if the play is being staged closer to your home town.
Kudos to the entire team for a wonderful effort.