Higuita – The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick’

Director: Sasidharan Naduvil

Synopsis of the Play:

‘Higuita – The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick’ is the dramatization of the famous story ‘HIGUITA’ by the acclaimed writer Sri. N.S Madhavan. Before tucking himself into the vestment, Geevarghese was interested in playing ‘Sevens’ matches in those barren farmlands where the goal posts were made out of palm wood. Once his father, who was the school PT Master, told him: ‘Son, Football is my religion. Sevens is its Antichrist’.

Yet Geevarghese did not stop his game till his father died the next year. Father’s death made Geevarghese enter into the world of Priesthood. He, now, is a Vicar of a Church somewhere in southern Delhi. He is Father Geevarghese now. From a small ground nearby his church, a small kid shoots a ball towards the church. Geevarghese gets hold of the ball and later to his childhood memories. He hears the chants from the crowd when he runs with the ball in his school ground. Lucy Marandi reached the suburbs of Delhi along with other tribal girls through Jabbar, an intermediary who made business by selling chicken and clothes from the aborigines to the city markets. Lucy was scared of Jabbar as she told Fr. Geevarghese that Jabbar is imposing his grips on her to do things against her wish.

Father watched the Football World Cup match and Higuita from a small television set inside his tiny room. He remembered once when Father Capriati, an Italian, mentioned the goalkeeper’s solitude in front of the goal post. Doomed in an extreme destitute, the goalkeeper kept on waiting for the penalty kick, which may be coming from a cannon. Higuita! Higuita attracted Geevarghese as he learned more about him. ‘I am Scared, He wants me to go with him’ – Lucy said. ‘Where doe he live?’ – Father asked. His vintage scooter revved towards Jabbar breaking all the impediments in his path. He was getting out of his

square boxes, to fly into his crowd sitting in the gallery of a football ground set in those barren farmlands where he used to play sevens. ‘If there is a Sunrise tomorrow, You should not be seen in Delhi!’ He walks back to his church. Slow and calm. It resembled Higuita returns to his goalpost after shoots the ball to the rival post.


About the Director:

Sasidharan Naduvil was born in 1963 in a remote village named Vallachira in Thrissur district, Kerala. From his childhood, he was fond of theatre and performed many dramas during his educational period. Later in the 1980s, he became a disciple of Jose Chirammel and joined the Root Theatre Group, one of the renowned theatre group in Kerala by theatre activist Chirammel. Being a theatre person for the last 35 years, Sasidharan acted in more than 12 plays, wrote 27 and directed more than 400 plays. He has been awarded as the best director for more than 300 times.

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