Theatre is a powerful medium for public education and spreading awareness. It has always played an important role in preserving and defining the cultural heritage of Bangladesh.
Throughout the years Bengal Foundation has supported various theatre groups around the country, primarily facilitating the organisation of street performance festivals, theatre workshops for children, staging plays and sponsoring productions.
In 2012, together with Shamparker Naya Shetu, an advocacy group working with the transgender community, the Foundation ran a series of workshops which culminated in a stage production entitled ‘Tarok’. ‘Tarok’ (The Chastiser), is a unique production celebrating identity and acceptance. It received critical acclaim for artistic finesse, acting and scriptwriting. The play is an example of how art can be utilised to empower and motivate alienated members of the society.